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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In order to avoid disaster–and to ensure a sustainable supply of fish for the future–far more of our ocean needs urgent protection.

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28 Feb 2018 - The almost 450,000 square miles encompass a stunning diversity of marine life, including hundreds of species found nowhere else.

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23 Feb 2018 - The Seychelles has created protected areas "the size of Great Britain" in the Indian Ocean.

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2 Feb 2018 - The Scottish Government has announced new funding to support the development of four Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) around the Scottish coastline.

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Leaders from across the political, economic, environmental and risk sectors will gather in Bermuda (8-10 May 2018) for the first Ocean Risk Summit.

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08/05/2018 - 14:30 to 10/05/2018 - 19:00
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18 Jan 2018 - A new program Ocean Solutions Accelerator aims to help advance startups in tech and conservation relating to the big blue. 

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16 Jan 2018 - New Zealand is being urged to help create what would be the largest protected area on the planet.

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11 Jan 2018 - People around the world strongly support ocean conservation measures, according to a new study of public perceptions of marine threats and protection.

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27 Dec 2017 - Learn how UNDP is collaborating with Mexico to protect the western hemisphere's largest barrier reef from mass tourism and climate change effects.
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24 Dec 2017 - A new international effort hopes to stem the tide of illegal and under-regulated fishing and otherwise protect the ocean from a range of threats, to benefit everyone.

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Brussels - "Implementing the UN 2030 Agenda: What role for marine science?"

Event Date:
06/12/2017 - 09:15 to 17:15
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30 Nov 2017 - From knowing where animals live, to which plants provide what medicinal benefits, communities around the world hold expert levels of knowledge on their local environments.

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