Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)

This page is a list of our latest updates and stories about IUCN's work related to Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

From the 7th to 8th of November 2017, IUCN, in collaboration with the Thai Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR), and the Prince of...
An essential first step in managing a bi-national reef system is thorough surveying and stocktaking in each of the two countries. There is currently a more complete understanding of the biodiversity...
Dan continues to SCUBA dive to explore and be inspired by the ocean
Dan is a well respected leading global expert on ocean conservation. At IUCN, he is the Principal Advisor for Marine Science and Conservation with...
Your career appears to always have been focused on marine science. How and why did you get involved in conservation, and more specifically marine conservation? I grew up on a small island –...
Islas del Pacifico, Mexico
The IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas and Big Ocean are proud to announce the latest addition in the IUCN WCPA Best Practice Protected Areas...
The guidelines provide a starting point and complement current resources for MPA managers. Composed of four chapters, the publication is targeted for anyone involved in supporting Large-Scale MPAs (...
IUCN WCPA Marine Theme - the world’s premier network of Marine Protected Area (MPA) expertise.
IUCN WCPA Thematic Vice-Chair Dan Laffoley  www.danlaffoley.com Our role is to inspire, inform and enable people to protect Planet Ocean by promoting the establishment of a...
Réserve Naturelle Marine de Cerbère-Banyuls, France
Cerbère-Banyuls Natural Marine Reserve is located on the Catalan coast of Southern France in Languedoc-Roussillon in the Midi-Pyrénées. It’s a small...
Cerbère is a commune that relies on tourism, so they wanted to get the local community involved and continue to let people to come enjoy its beauty, without harming the environment. The local...
Manta Ray
On 24 November 2017, Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, signed a decree creating Mexico's largest marine reserve to date, covering 150,000...
Inscribed as a World Heritage Site in July 2016, the Revillagigedo Archipelago was declared a national park of Mexico in November 2017. The presidential declaration bans fishing, mining, and tourism...
Iceberg on waters of the new Lancaster Sound MPA, Canada
Since the late 1960s, the Inuit living in the Baffin region of the Canadian Arctic have sought protection for their traditional territory – an area...
The milestone Agreement is noteworthy because it puts an end to oil and gas development, mining and waste disposal in the ocean, while allowing the continuation of subsistence hunting, fishing and...
Mount Huangshan, China
Pilot phase 2014 - the first Green listed areas The sites have been evaluated against a set of demanding criteria, including the quality of protection of natural values, based on the IUCN Green...
The Marine Conservation Sub-Committee (MCSC) aims to ensure that decisions taken by policy-makers and resource managers on the management of marine resources are based on sound and scientific...
Fisheries are the primary livelihood sector for 80% of the coastal population of Pakistan, but this sector contributes to only 0.5% of national GDP...
The reckless degradation of coastal and marine resources has led to the depletion of wild fish stocks and ecosystem services. This is caused by the use of harmful fishing gear, weak enforcement of...
Call for UN to Recognize and Protect the Ocean’s Rights
CEESP News - by  Fiona Wilton, The Gaia Foundation / OCC-Uruguay The ocean covers seventy percent of our planet, generates over fifty percent of the...
The call was launched at the UN Ocean Conference, held during June 5th-9th,  with a view to identifying best practices, sharing experiences and building partnerships, to “reverse the decline in...
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Background The Mediterranean Sea climate will undergo rapid changes over the next decades. Direct evidence of climate change is already being observed in the Mediterranean coast and in Marine...

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