Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)

Indo-pacific Humpback dolphin mother and calf
IUCN WCPA Marine Theme - the world’s premier network of Marine Protected Area (MPA) expertise.
Thematic Team Leader: Dan Laffoley  www.danlaffoley.com         Our role is to inspire, inform and enable people to protect Planet Ocean by...
logo 100 years of Russia's PA
IUCN President, Mr. Zhang Xinsheng commended Russia on its efforts to conserve its exceptional biodiversity at the recent protected area forum in...
The forum took place from 28 September to 2 October in the frame of the Year of Ecology and Protected Areas, declared by the government of the Russian Federation to highlight the importance of...
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...
Bovids in the distance go to drink at a river flows across a flat grassland
Project title: Ecosystem Based Sustainable Management of a Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the Nijhum Dwip Seascape Location: Nijhum Dwip, Noakhali, Bangladesh Project Duration: ...
Some 3.1 billion people rely on oceans for almost 20% of their animal protein intake. Photo: Fishermen in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka
The Fourth International Marine Protected Areas Congress, IMPAC4, is held in La Serena – Coquimbo in Chile from 4 to 8 September 2017. IMPAC4 Chile...
  IMPAC4 is being convened under the theme ‘Marine Protected Areas: Bringing the people and ocean together,’ underscoring the intricate nature of the ocean-human relationship and the...
A narrow swath of field lies between two forested areas, with a red-roofed pagoda towards the back and a view of the sea
With a total area of 3.7 hectares (roughly the size of 5 football pitches), the coastline in front and the famous Hai Tang pagoda in back, the Pagoda...
Once used for rice cultivation, the fields were abandoned due to water scarcity and rapid population expansion. Several businesses expressed interest in developing the area to accommodate the 1,700...
The Fourth International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC4) in Chile brought together more than 1,000 participants from 80 countries around the...
After an intense week of events, presentation, discussions and exchanges, a ‘high-level meeting’ in Viña del Mar concluded with a call for action. United by the conviction that MPAs are effective...
8 September, 2017 4th International Marine Protected Area Congress, Chile The 2017 Kenton Miller Award for Innovation in Protected Area Management ...
  The Palau National Marine Sanctuary (PNMS) Act makes up 100% of Palau’s national marine area. Based on traditional and customary methods practiced throughout the Pacific Region, Keobel’s...
The Stimson Center, on behalf of the U.S. State Department and in collaboration with IUCN and the Mangroves for the Future (MFF) Programme, is co-...
The two-day conference will take place in Bangkok, Thailand on 14-15 September 2017. The conference aims to bring together 40-50 marine experts from think tanks, academia, the private sector,...
The 4th International Marine Protected Areas Congress, currently being held in La Serena, Chile, today saw the release of the third in a series of...
This edition reports from the IUCN Congress held in Hawai’i in 2016 and contains 12 papers covering a range of topics from the development of a network of MPAs in the Russian Arctic and the...
By Harry Jonas and Dan Laffoley
Najib Ramsah and his friend Neville Yapp are up early. They untie the mooring ropes of a wooden boat, fire up the outboard engine and begin to motor down the Tabin river. On their left rises a giant...
With 33% of national waters protected the EU Overseas spearhead efforts in global marine conservation
The 25 European Union (EU) Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) and 9 Outermost Regions (ORs) are among the most precious assets to their six Member States and the EU: Strategically located in...

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