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.

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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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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21 Jun 2019 - Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean, has designated 26 percent of its territorial waters as marine protection areas (MPAs), target of SDG14.

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30 May 2019 - The Indonesian government has established three new marine protected areas within the Coral Triangle, home to the highest diversity of corals and reef fishes anywhere on the

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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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25 Mar 2019 - Ascension Island, in the southern Atlantic Ocean, is getting a new MPA to safeguard green turtles, swordfish, sharks, tuna, marlin, frigatebirds and terns.

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23 Mar 2019 - This website presents the most recent official coverage...
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