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.

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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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This MPA Outlook reviews the commitment by governments to achieve 10 percent...
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Marine mammals play a crucial role in marine ecosystem function and climate change resilience by sequestering carbon through the consumption of energy rich plankton and fish. They provide valuable ecosystem services such as ecotourism. Conserving marine mammals provides significant economic, social and cultural benefits to coastal communities.

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G7 leaders recently announced that “our world must not only become net zero, but also nature positive, for the benefit of both people and the planet.”

Nature positive is a disruptive idea and it is a new business model based on regeneration, resilience and recirculation – not destruction and pollution.

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The Nairobi Convention Secretariat has built interactive dashboards for a range...
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27 Oct 2020 - A new study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that protecting an additional 5% of the ocean can increase future fish catch by 20% or mo

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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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