Seminar on the Holistic Approach to Marine Protected Areas – Towards Sustenance and Conservation Succcess



9 – 10 October 2017

M-Suites Hotel, Johor Bahru, Malaysia


We are currently accepting abstract applications for the seminar on the holistic approach towards marine protected areas, in conjunction with Johor’s plans to gazette a new marine protected area aimed specifically designed to meet the needs of dugongs (Dugong dugon), the seagrass habitats, and local resource users. The focus of this 2-day seminar will be on the various aspects that enable sustainability of marine protected areas to fulfil its objectives. Papers may be presented as oral presentations or posters. We encourage you to share this information with your colleagues, students and greater network.


The seminar will encompass presentations and discussions on the following five topics:

  • Marine Protected Area Design and Management
    Topics relating to the design, administrative, and management considerations for MPAs
  • Research and Monitoring within Marine Protected Areas
    Topics relating to research areas, study methodologies, and monitoring methods.  Priority will be given to papers that explore novel concepts that are practicable in newly established MPAs.
  • Conservation Efforts in MPAs
    Topics relating to activities that generate on-the-ground impacts aimed at conservation of habitats, species, or community livelihood, with emphasis on enhancing the effects of an MPA’s establishment
  • Community Involvement in MPA Management
    Topics relating to incorporating community involvement in MPA management
  • Marine Protected Area Financing and Sustainability
    Topics relating to income generation geared towards a self-sustaining MPA.  Priority will be given to papers that explore novel concepts that are practicable in newly established MPAs.


To submit your abstract, please complete the attached submission form (Form A). Abstract must not exceed 250 words, with Calibri font size 11. Please e-mail the completed abstract submission form to by 15 September 2017 at the latest, stating “Abstract – Johor MPA Seminar 2017” in the e-mail subject title.

The abstract acceptance results will be communicated to participants by 15 September 2017.


To register for the seminar, please complete Form B and submit it to the Seminar Secretariat at along with proof of fee payment.


Seminar registration fees are as follows:

  • Student               RM50
  • Non-student      RM200

Important dates:

  • Abstract submission deadline                  15 September 2017
  • Notification of abstract acceptance         22 September 2017
  • Seminar registration deadline                  30 September 2017

If your abstract is accepted, you will be responsible for your own travel arrangements, including fulfilling any visa requirements, as necessary. Special hotel room rates for those wishing to stay at the seminar venue are available:

(Please book directly with the hotel at and quote the code “Seminar PTNJ”)

  • Studio Suite (single/double)       RM190/night
  • Junior Suite (single/double)        RM290/night
  • Premier Suite (single/double)    RM290/night


For more enquiry, please email to

Thank you.


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