The CCSG Marine Connectivity Working Group (MCWG) joins over 80 members in 20+ countries to advance marine connectivity science, planning, management, governance, and policy. Together, this growing community of marine experts is contributing specialized science, technologies, and management tools to address the unique challenges of achieving connectivity conservation in marine and coastal environments. MCWG is led by a Chair and rotating Co-Chairs from its Executive Committee.
Additional information about becoming a member of CCSG and MCWG can be found on the Membership page.
Barbara Lausche, Chair
Barbara Lausche has served as Chair of the CCSG Marine Connectivity Working Group (MCWG) since its founding in 2019. She is Director of the Marine Policy Institute at the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida in the United States, and a well-recognized international environmental lawyer and legal drafter specializing in protected areas-related law. Barbara has authored or co-authored numerous peer-reviewed papers and several books, including Integrated planning: policy and law tools for biodiversity conservation and climate change, The Legal Aspects of Connectivity Conservation – A Concept Paper, and the IUCN Guidelines for Protected Areas Legislation. Prior to her increased focus on marine and coastal conservation, she undertook numerous IUCN assignments in developing countries to support legal drafting, directed the WWF-US Legal Technical Assistance Program, and worked in the World Bank as environmental law specialist. Barbara also currently volunteers at the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation.