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Charting the course for MPAs: Insights from a role-playing game

During the UN Ocean Decade Conference in Barcelona, Spain from 10-12 April 2024, a unique approach to tackling the complex challenges of marine protection was unveiled – a role-playing game where participants stepped into the shoes of various stakeholders to grapple with real-world dilemmas affecting the management of marine protected areas (MPAs).

Following the event, Kemal Pınarbaşı, leader of MSP4BIO’s policy coherence analysis work was interviewed by the Protect Baltic team on his experience with this initiative. In the interview Kemal takes a deeper look at the origins and impact of the role-playing game, reflecting that “the game highlighted the importance of using a combination of tools and strategies to tackle marine protection challenges including legal enforcement, economic incentives, scientific research needs and community engagement.”

Read the full interview here.

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