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Group of the SEA

O Group of the SEA emerges out of the group Pós-MARGov by invitation of the ICNF to be the advisory group for the Sea for the Strategic Council (CE) of the Natural Park of Arrábida recently reformulated. The group Pós-MARGov initiates a new phase, wons mandate and a new name. The integration of this new working group in the CE is approved on 4th of June of 2014.

Group of the SEA is composed by a group of specialists with a diverse range of professional and academic backgrounds  from eight entities that meet on regular discussion basis:


• AAPCS Sesimbra - Association of Handicraft and Local Fishing Holders of Center and South;

• APECATE - Portuguese Association of Companies of Congresses, Tourist Animation and Events;

• Municipality of Sesimbra;

• Arrábida Club;

• DGRM - General Directorate of Natural Resources, Safety and Maritime Services;

• ICNF - Institute of Nature and Forest Conservation;

• IPMA - Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere;

• LPN - League for the Protection of Nature (Ocean Group)

By request of the partners of the central nucleus of the MARGov project (2008-2011), the group Post-MARGov was created in 2012. This group integrated many of the partners that followed up the MARGOV since the very beginning. This group continue the work begun on MARGov project, and to consolidate and generate useful contributions to a sustainable management of the Park by strengthening participation.


In order to facilitate operability, flexibility and efficiency, it was decided to keep the nucleus group in continuity, providing possibilities to expand to interested parties whenever new issues emerge For discussion about more specific issues, the team identified groups / entities and called them to be involved, always the issue was in their specific interest. This ensured the presence of the interests involved in the issues that were addressed.

MARGov and Pós-MARGov were coordinated by Lia Vasconcelos from the Faculty of Sciences and Technology  - Universidade Nova de Lisboa.


The team believes that it is critical the involvement of a diversity of entities and actions to address the complex and multidisciplinary problem of finding new forms of governance for Marine Protected Areas.


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