Foreward_Acknowledgements_Contents.inddAs a peer-learning network, Big Ocean seeks to create tools and services that enhance management efforts at-scale for both members sites but also for the MPA community more broadly. The products are meant to: improve the design, establishment and long-term management of large-scale MPAs; increase the effectiveness of management actions; and further professionalize the field. Examples include on-site experiences such as Learning Exchanges, as well as publications that can be shared like the Shared Research Agenda for Large-Scale Marine Managed Areas (published 2012), and Management Guidelines for Large-Scale MPAs (forthcoming in late 2016).

The following types of resources can be accessed within this section of the website–click on the titles to visit the specific resource page. All the links provides thereafter allow you to download PDF versions of the documents listed.

  • Network Documents includes documents produced mainly for Big Ocean member sites but have relevance to partners, supporters and in some cases the wider LSMPA community of practice. Documents include papers, research agendas and network business meeting agendas.
  • Publications provides links to a variety of articles, papers and publications developed by Big Ocean members and partners and are important resources for better understanding the unique benefits and challenges of LSMPAs, as well as to enhance a variety of marine management and research strategies specific to working at-scale.
  • Best Practice Guidelines will eventually provide a collection of resources; for now, Big Ocean is providing access to the first IUCN publication specific to professionalizing the field of marine management at-scale and to improving the design and establishment of LSMPAs. Slated to be the first publication within IUCNs Best Practice Protected Areas Guidelines Series, the Guidelines for the Design and Management of Large-Scale MPAs, is in the final phase of production and should be available before the end of 2016.

Should you desire additional information about the documents provided or about site exchanges and other on-site capacity building initiatives, please contact