The MCPC will lead SAERI’s public engagement, and develop monitoring and research plans in support of MMAs. The MCPC will also continue to coordinate research. For example, research that seeks a broader understanding of Blue Carbon as a tool to inform future marine spatial planning. See our recent MCPC paper: Towards incorporation of blue carbon in Falkland Islands marine spatial planning: a multi-tiered approach in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science research topic - Blue Carbon: Beyond the Inventory: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fmars.2022.872727/full
In addition, to further support Falkland Islands Government (FIG) and provide a clear evidence-base for future planning, SAERI compiled a comprehensive technical document to feed into the MMA public consultation held in April and May 2022. The compilation of the technical document, and much of the research presented, was made possible by funding from the John Ellerman Foundation and their financing of the Marine and Coastal Program Coordinator (MCPC) role.