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Strengthening US Cooperation on Marine Protection in Latin America

Date & Time

Mar. 3, 2023
1:45pm – 3:00pm ET


Online and In-Person (Biomuseo, Panama City, Panama)


On the margins of the Our Ocean Conference in Panama, the Wilson Center’s Latin American Program, in partnership with the State Department, hosted a high-level dialogue on efforts to support marine protection and combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the Eastern Tropical Pacific and to promote international cooperation to advance large-scale marine conservation in the Eastern Tropical Pacific Marine Corridor (CMAR).

The Eastern Tropical Pacific is one of the world’s most marine biodiverse places and millions of people rely on its marine resources for food and employment. Combatting IUU fishing in the Eastern Tropical Pacific and CMAR is not only a conservation issue; IUU fishing in this region has serious economic, food security and national security implications. Solutions to IUU fishing—most notably, strong maritime governance—must include science-based management for the fisheries sector, robust monitoring and surveillance to detect illegal activity, and enforcement and prosecution to promote accountability. Implementing these solutions will require international support and partnership, as well as greater engagement between governments, civil society and environmental organizations to generate policy recommendations in support of ambitious marine conservation targets across the Western Hemisphere.

Hosted By

Latin America Program

The Wilson Center’s prestigious Latin America Program provides non-partisan expertise to a broad community of decision makers in the United States and Latin America on critical policy issues facing the Hemisphere. The Program provides insightful and actionable research for policymakers, private sector leaders, journalists, and public intellectuals in the United States and Latin America. To bridge the gap between scholarship and policy action, it fosters new inquiry, sponsors high-level public and private meetings among multiple stakeholders, and explores policy options to improve outcomes for citizens throughout the Americas. Drawing on the Wilson Center’s strength as the nation’s key non-partisan policy forum, the Program serves as a trusted source of analysis and a vital point of contact between the worlds of scholarship and action.  Read more

Environmental Change and Security Program

The Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) explores the connections between environmental change, health, and population dynamics and their links to conflict, human insecurity, and foreign policy.  Read more

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