Human Dimensions Think Tank

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HONOLULU––Given the rapid and recent growth in designation of Large-Scale Marine Protected Areas (LSMPAs) and the potential challenges associated with creation and ongoing management, it is both timely and important to convene a “think tank” to explore the social, cultural, political, institutional, and economic considerations and priorities––the human dimensions––of these sites.

Scheduled for 8-10 February 2016 in Honolulu, Hawai’i, this unique 3-day workshop is being hosted by Big Ocean, NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, the University of Washington, University of Guelph, University of British Columbia, Colorado State University, and the University of Victoria. Invited participants will represent a diverse community of managers, cultural practitioners, policy-makers, donors, and scholars. The overarching goal of this collaboration is to be proactive in identifying approaches to address human dimension needs/considerations in LSMPAs.

This workshop builds upon a similar gathering of bio-physical scientists and site managers held in New Zealand in 2011. This original Think Tank led to the publication of A Shared Research Agenda for Large-Scale Marine Protected Areas by Big Ocean, eventual development of international guidelines for the design and management of LSMPAs (to be published in 2016 in partnership with IUCN WCPA), and two academic papers.

Workshop organizers are Big Ocean, NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, University of Washington, University of Guelph, University of British Columbia, Colorado State University, University of Victoria.

The Think Tank was made possible by the generous contributions of our sponsors.BO web sponsors

As well as the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, Great Barrier Reef Foundation, Center for Ocean Solutions, Stanford University, and Oceana.

For additional information, please contact naia@bigoceanmanagers.org