International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC4) – E. Nocito

Emily Nocito, a marine policy graduate student in the University of Maine School of Marine Sciences, presented her research at  the fourth International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC4)in La Serena, Chile. The meeting, which takes place every four years, brings together world leaders to discuss policies for marine protected areas and to address climate change impacts on marine resources. Nocito’s research focuses on how governments define the concept of climate change resilience as they develop plans for large new marine protected areas. Her talk was titled “Resilience as co-benefit, resilience as definitional: The mission creep of marine protected area design.” Nocito also is conducting research interviews with key stakeholders, negotiators and decision-makers at the meeting, which concludes 09 . 8. She is advised by Aaron Strong, an assistant professor in the School of Marine Sciences and the Climate Change Institute.