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Outputs of the Lifeweb project - PDFs

You will find here the outputs (PDF format) that were produced under component 1 of the Lifeweb project for the Wider Caribbean. To access the raw GIS files that were used to make the maps, please log in above.

The two and a half year UNEP-Spain Lifeweb project aims to assist countries develop and apply cross-sectoral ecosystem approaches to management of human threats to marine mammals. The inter-regional initiative was launched by UNEP in June 2010 through financial support from the Government of Spain under the UNEP-Spain Partnership for the LifeWeb Initiative. Initial activities and outputs include mapping of critical marine mammal habitats and regional-scale migration routes together with socio- economic information on human activities to underpin broad-scale spatial planning and management of human impacts on large marine mammals in Caribbean and Southeast and Northeast Pacific waters. The project further aims to assist planners and managers initiate transboundary management and governance of marine resources via capacity building and technical guidance on marine spatial planning.

In the sections below are presented the outputs of component 1 (mapping) for the Wider Caribbean Region. The outputs are organized into five categories :

- distribution maps of the 25 marine mammals species encompassed in the project ;

- maps displaying the species richness in the WCR ;

- maps representing the major threats and impacts of human activities ;

- maps that report the main protection measures that have been put in place for marine mammals throughout the region ;

- and eventually, a series of 3 synthetic maps where species richness is overlaid with datalayers on threats and impacts in order to tentatively identify critical areas for further discussion on management options.

All the maps were prepared and produced by GRID-Arendal (Jean-Nicolas POUSSART), with the assistance, for the distribution and species richness maps, of the Whales and Dolphins Conservation Society (Kristin KASCHNER) and of a number of experts led by Dr Randall REEVES.

Please click on the title on each section to access the maps, and the corresponding factsheets (in french, english and spanish) that summarize the methods used to elaborate them

The table below provides a summary of all available outputs. Please note that, in some cases, no method factsheet was established when the method is simple and as such presented directly on the maps.