The Guidelines for the Design and Management of Large-Scale MPAs, is a publication being developed in partnership with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) Large-Scale MPA Task Force (LSMPATF). Intended to outline the known benefits and challenges–as well as provide practical guidance–the publication was written with managers and their teams in mind, as well as elected officials, government decision-makers and communities contemplating “going big” with their marine protection efforts. These guidelines provide the most significant lessons learned thus far at established LSMPAs, and sets the stage for new sites to add to the growing body of resources, tools and products geared towards enhancing marine management and governance at a large-scale globally. The guidelines are also intended to help existing sites improve their management as they grow and mature.
Work on the draft manuscript began in 2011 and hundreds of management professionals and conservation experts from around the world have made contributions. The manuscript is presently under IUCN review and the LSMPA Task Force is working to launch the publication at the 2016 World Conservation Congress in September 2016. The guidelines will become a volume within the IUCN WCPA Best Practice Protected Area Guidelines Series.