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.

Definition

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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24 Apr 2017 - UNDP OCEAN BLOG SERIES - Local communities are at the forefront of marine resources management.

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Film sur les écosystèmes marins inconnus en Mauritanie : hotspots de biodiversité pélagique, sanctuaires de baleines, récifs de coraux d’eau froide, cold seeps et canyons. 

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19 Apr 2017 - As many countries turn inward, it is more important than ever to tackle critical challenges that are beyond the reach of any single state and which compel us to work together.

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18 Apr 2017 - A five-day regional training workshop on Coastline Mapping using Satellite Imagery was launched yesterday at the Mauritius Oceanography Institute (MOI) in Albion.

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17 Apr 2017 - More people than ever are coming to see the reef and those who make a living showing it off want the world to know it’s still a natural wonder. But they worry about its future, and that of their 64,000-strong industry.

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Video telling the story of the UNDP/GEF project, “Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity in Coastal Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)” in Guatemala.

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Video from the UNDP/GEF project, “Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity in Coastal Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)” in Guatemala.

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10 Apr 2017 - Australia's Great Barrier Reef, already reeling from a severe bleaching event last year, has suffered another devastating blow this year, aerial surveys released this weekend

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6 Apr 2017 - Protecting the Fiordland Marine Area in New Zealand has advanced significantly with the approval of its Regional Pathway Management Plan.

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4 Apr 2017 - En Guatemala, los bosques de mangle conforman el principal ecosistema natural a lo largo de la Costa del Pacífico y cubren un total de 17,670.56 hectáreas del territorio nacio

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4 Apr 2017 - En Guatemala se calcula que la industria pesquera generó un total de 22,900 empleos para el año 2014, del cual 97% corresponde a la pesca artesanal (FAO, 2014).

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3 Apr 2017 - International NGO RARE is making its mark in promoting sustainable fishing through local fisheries management in the Philippines.

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