On 21 and 23 April, the Ocean Governance project will present the Resilience Self-Assessment Tool (R-SAT), a tool designed to assess the resilience of a Marine Protected Area in the face of rapid change, whether anthropogenic, natural or global in origin.

This tool was developed by the Transatlantic Twinning on MPA Resilience, with the support of the European Union, the participation of multiple MPA management partners from the Atlantic basin and the collaboration of the Coastal Specialist Group of the Commission on Ecosystem Management (IUCN).

R-SAT makes it possible to identify points of strength and weakness, to make recommendations to managers, and to measure progress between two self-assessment sessions.

2 sessions are planned:

The Transatlantic Resilience Twinning was created in 2016 as part of the EU Transatlantic MPA Network Project. It brings together several partners, the main ones being in Brazil, USA, Mexico, Portugal and Gabon. Other partners joined us, including from Senegal, Mauritania, while the network was also enriched with other partners in the countries of the initial partners.

The purpose of this partnership is to identify, analyse and systematize approaches and good practices aiming to increase the resilience of Marine Protected Areas, and to develop the contribution of Marine Protected Areas to the resilience of surrounding coastal territories.

In early 2020, the achievements of the Transatlantic MPA Network Project were integrated into a new EU project called Ocean Governance, which continues the same approach as in the Atlantic basin, but has extended its geographic coverage to Southeast Asia. MedPAN is involved in this project, especially through one of its other axis, the Transatlantic Networks Twinning.