Schermata 2013-09-06 alle 09.16.07In 2008 I became part of the Steering Committee of the ICMMPA (International Committee on Marine Mammal Protected Areas), an informal group of international experts dedicated to the conservation of marine mammals and their habitats. Members of ICMMPA represent various geographic regions, as well as a wide range of expertise within the fields of marine mammal biology, ecology and the design and management of marine protected areas and other marine planning initiatives. Members include scientists, representatives of governmental agencies and NGOs.

Among the Committee’s planned activities, two ICMMPA Conferences were organised: the First ICMMPA Conference (held March 30 – April 3, 2009 in Wailea, Maui, Hawaii, USA), and the Second ICMMPA Conference (held November 7-11, 2011 in Martinique, Fort du France).

A Third ICMMPA Conference is currently being organised in Adelaide, Australia, and is supposed to take place in November 2014.