Environmental Education Program For MPA In Brazil

Dolphin fish in MPA in Brazil © IUCN Guy Marcovaldi
Published: 10 April 2015
Last edited: 17 July 2019
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This Environmental Education Program for a MPA was developed in south Brazil in a participatory way with federal and local governments, NGO´s and other civil society organizations. The MPA is the Marine Biological Reserve of Arvoredo (REBIO Arvoredo) with an area of 17,800 hectars, with an extremely rich and relevant biodiversity. The lack of participation of society in the creation process has generated strong opposition to the PA.


South America
Scale of implementation
Coastal forest
Marine and coastal ecosystems
Biodiversity mainstreaming
Habitat fragmentation and degradation
Outreach & communications
Protected area governance
Protected area management planning
Science and research
Loss of Biodiversity
Invasive species
Lack of public and decision maker’s awareness
Poor monitoring and enforcement
Poor governance and participation


Ilha do Arvoredo - State of Santa Catarina, Brazil
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The main impacts of the MPA Environmental Education Program are: - Raising the awareness among fishers, students and others about the importance of this MPA for the conservation of marine biodiversity in south Brazil and for the mantenance of fish stocks. - Promotion and Integration of environmental education projects in local schools. - Biological invasion control of invasive species (e.g.Coral Sol) with scuba diving schools. - Governance improvements with participatory process in the management committee. - Dissemination of scientific data for society.

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Richard Eilers Smith