Volume 72

Collective Construction of the CaMPAM Comprehensive Database of Marine Protected Areas Necessary to Improve the Conservation of Marine Biodiversity in the Caribbean

Rios Sais, G.A; I. López; M. Prada
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Date: November, 2019

Pages: 62-63

Event: Proceedings of the Seventy-Two Annual Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute

City: Punta Cana

Country: Dominican Republic


The database of marine protected areas of CaMPAM has been updated and is now spatialized. With more than 40 variables, your information has increased from 570 to more than 1000 records. The update process used only open source GIS and data collection tools, which will facilitate its use and maintenance. At present, there is a website that displays an interactive map generated with the QGIS program that allows specific searches and multiple formats to download the information. You also have a form to facilitate your collective update. This form is compatible with the KoBo Toolbox project, that is, it uses a tool developed in the collection of field data against different conditions, including catastrophic events. With these advances, CaMPAM is expected to strengthen its purposes of supporting conservation and the application of tools for ecosystem management, such as the democratization of data and public access, the creation of learning networks between managers of protected areas and integration of information available in other databases with similar objectives. Therefore, when the process is completed, it is expected to connect with other tools that monitor the status and diseases of corals, sargassum outcrops, control of invasive species and pollution, among others, using common data collection frameworks and analysis approaches . This work is carried out within the framework of the project “Biodiversity for sustainable development in the Caribbean through ecosystem-based management” funded by the Italian Agency for International Cooperation and the support of the Caribbean Environment Program of the United Nations Environment Program and multiple partners from the Greater Caribbean region.

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