CCSG MCWG 2020-05-13T20:43:15-04:00

Marine Connectivity Working Group

Connectivity conservation is widely recognized as a key requirement for ensuring effective marine protected area networks and sustaining essential ecological processes of the planet’s oceans. The CCSG Marine Connectivity Working Group (MCWG) was formed in 2019 to meet the demand for connectivity conservation solutions that maintain, enhance, and restore the ecological connectivity of marine and coastal protected areas, marine biodiversity, and critical marine and coastal ecosystem services. MCWG is now ensuring that there is dedicated attention to connectivity science, policy, and management for marine and coastal areas guided by the following vision, mission, and objectives:


Marine and coastal ecosystems are healthy and sustainably managed through the application of science-based connectivity conservation measures that are effectively integrated into national, transboundary, and global marine conservation policies, programmes, and practice.


To advance marine connectivity conservation policies, programmes, and practice through collaboration in science, planning, management, governance, and policy with an emphasis on advancing practical guidance, principles, methods, and tools that maintain, restore, and enhance the long-term ecological integrity of marine protected areas, marine ecosystems, and other biodiversity-rich marine areas, including Key Biodiversity Areas and World Heritage Sites.


Scalloped hammerhead shark, Sphyrna lewini

  • Science – Monitor scientific developments, disseminate and share information, and provide broadly applicable guidance and principles based on emerging experience and practice for achieving effective marine and coastal connectivity conservation, including opportunities to use remote-sensing and other technologies and supportive policy tools in furtherance of international commitments and national goals
  • Planning – Monitor and disseminate principles and emerging practice for integrating marine connectivity needs and land-sea interconnectivity into marine and coastal spatial planning processes and plans as an integral component of national spatial planning processes and plans across all government levels and sectors.
  • Governance and participation – Promote active and effective governance and management (including through law and policy) to advance appropriate, science-based marine and coastal connectivity conservation measures supported by community participation and stakeholder involvement.
  • Communication, technical outreach, and support – Support development of marine connectivity conservation networks, technical outreach, and collaboration on initiatives for the application of marine and coastal connectivity conservation principles and practice within MCWG, CCSG, IUCN generally and its many marine specialists, and with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, other Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs), the United Nations and related entities, universities, international NGOs, bilateral and regional governance actors, and other relevant fora.