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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15 Jan 2020 - In the ‘super year’ for the ocean, UK Environment Minister Rebecca Pow issues urgent call for global action to halt damage to marine habitats.

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1 Jan 2020 - National marine reserve was announced in 2015, with 80% of its waters being closed to commercial fishing from 2020.

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12 Dec 2019 - BBC - The Blue Economy is critical to the Seychelles.

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14 Nov 2019 - MPAs can help protect marine and coastal biodiversity.

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31 Oct 2019 - Canada is creating marine sanctuaries in the Arctic Ocean. The Tuvaijuittuq and Tallurutiup Imanga conservation efforts could help tackle climate change.

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30 Oct 2019 - The published findings may guide policymakers to increase MPAs. The largest synthesis of important marine areas conducted to date reveals that a large portio

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28 Oct 2019 - Governments, businesses, organizations and research institutions made commitments toward improving marine health and productivity worth more than $63 billion.

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12 Sept 2019 - TIME - Peter Thomson, U.N. Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean - The ocean’s health is in trouble. 

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21 Aug 2019 - This week the United Nations is meeting to negotiate a treaty that would protect the open ocean by 2030 from climate change, pollution and over-exploitation.

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20 Aug 2019 - The Guardian - Fish stocks are stable and reef health improving, in part thanks to Belize’s substantial ‘no-take’ zones.

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15 Aug 2019 - When developing a marine protection area, the genetics of species living within that area need to be taken into consideration. Tiny organisms can help make those decisions.

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8 Jul 2019 - New research finds marine protected areas, or MPAs, are more valuable than previously thought for conservation and increasing fishing catches in nearby areas.

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