Ocean Action Hub

[SDG 14.5] By 2020, conserve at least 10 percent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information.

Definition

Most of the marine protected areas (MPAs) around the world, estimated to number about 5000, have been established both on an ad hoc basis and through systematic planning processes. The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) requires that Party states establish, by 2012, comprehensive, effectively managed, and ecologically representative national and regional systems of protected areas, and that there should be effective conservation of at least 10% of each of the world's ecological regions by 2010. Many countries have established their own national targets which provide an incentive for the introduction of a systematic conservation planning approach to the establishment of MPAs, and there are now many initiatives to develop ecologically representative MPA networks (UNEP-WCMC, 2008, p. i).

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8 Oct 2020 - Today the £50 million 

Earthshot Prize
launches to incentivise change and help repair our planet.

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21 Sept 2020 - Scientists say climate change and pollution could kill off the world’s coral reefs by 2100.

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16 Jul 2020 - First-of-its-kind report shows the global economy is better off with more nature protected

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14 July 2020 - China and the Republic of Korea have committed to SDG 14.5, protecting 10% of the coastal and marine areas by 2020 in the Yellow Sea region and management effectiveness of MPAs.

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14 Jul 2020 - UNDP/GEF - China and the Republic of Korea have committed to protecting 10% of the coastal and marine areas by 2020 in the Yellow Sea region and management effective

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27 May 2020 - One-third of all reef-forming corals and marine mammals are threatened with extinction.

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05 May 2020 - Niue's enormous marine reserve, the Moana Mahu Marine protected area has now been formalised.

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8 Apr 2020 - This UNDP report aims to serve as a first public presentation or...
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8 Apr 2020 - To help overfished stocks recover, as well as to safeguard those that are still within sustainable harvesting limits, both the private and public sectors have important roles to play. 

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2 Apr 2020 - The Guardian - Major review reports recovery of marine life but a redoubling of efforts is still needed.

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26 Feb 2020 - The Guardian - Fishing ban has led to an increased consumption of the reef fish in the Pacific country – such as grouper, snapper and parrotfish – that the marine sa

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20 Feb 2020 - Humanity is pushing the world’s oceans to the brink. But as grave as the situation is, experts say there is reason for hope.

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