Ocean Action Hub
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 May 2019 - New approaches to the ocean are allowing production and protection to operate together.

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5 Apr 2019 - At least 30% of international waters could soon form part of a protected global network of marine reserves to help save sea life from extinction.

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1 Apr 2019 - SDG Knowledge Hub - Participants at the tenth edition of the Monaco Blue Initiative (MBI) discussed topics related to marine protected areas (MPAs), including the ambition and

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26 Mar 2019 - Delegates call for increased cooperation and special attention to developing states in talks on new treaty as conference opens second session.

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3 Mar 2019 - In December, Argentina took a big step toward reaching its SDG14 commitment with the creation of two large marine protected areas, giving reason for hope on progress towards meeting the UN target of protecting 10% of the ocean by 2020.

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3 Mar 2019 - Conservation groups are turning to tech solutions to generate knowledge and make it accessible to others. The Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART) was developed to improve the performance of protected areas.

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15 Feb 2019 - Report contains examples of successful water and/or ocean...
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22 Jan 2019 - Santiago de Chile, Jan 22 (Prensa Latina) Chile has from Tuesday the southernmost protected area on the continent, in Magallanes and Chilean Antarctica, after the establishme

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28 Dec 2018 - In 2018 the United Nations began negotiations for a new treaty to protect high seas wildlife, paving the way for marine protected areas.
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20 Nov 2018 - Reserves cover more than five times area of US, says IUCN / UN Environment report, but enforcement is often poor. More than 7% of the ocean now has protected status.

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8 Nov 2018 - UN Special Envoy for the Ocean, Peter Thomson, says that MPAs need to increase well beyond 10% and improve their management and enforcement policies.

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1 Nov 2018 - Acting Environmental Affairs Minister Derek Hanekom says a network of 20 Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) will considerably advance South Africa's efforts to protect its ocean he

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