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 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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30 Oct 2018 - The EU made 23 new commitments, representing €300 million for the blue economy; climate change impacts; marine pollution; marine protection and sustainable fisheries.

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28 Oct 2018 - Marine Conservation Institute Recognizes Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) at the 2018 Our Ocean Conference in Bali, Indonesia

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Explore how different mechanisms can be used to finance Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

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31/10/2018 - 09:00 to 10:15
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18 Oct 2018 - My Fiji Shark, a new initiative to support marine ecotourism, conservation and SDG 14 was launched today by UNDP and others.

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15 Oct 2018 - Advancing and applying marine science and sharing it; ending illegal fishing; and extending protection to vulnerable, pivotal ocean areas.

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11 Oct 2018 - A new study examines how renewable energy, marine protected areas, carbon storage in marine plants, and other ocean-based solutions could help combat climate change and its effects on marine ecosystems.

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4 Oct 2018 - The Guardian - International agreement will protect vast areas of sea that have opened up as the ice melts.
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15 Aug 2018 - The Pacific Island is home to one of the world’s most pristine coral reefs, boasting more than 9,300 marine species

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6 Aug 2018 - A new study finds that only 13 percent of the ocean can be classified as “wilderness.” But what does this even mean?

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13 Jul 2018 - A one-stop shop for ocean literacy sharing existing global ocean...
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