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).

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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...
CEESP News - by Ameyali Ramos Castillo, Deputy Chair of CEESP Oceans: immense ecosystem, absorbers of carbon, repositories of species, cornucopias...
For many communities around the world, oceans sustain their societies and worldviews. “We are the Ocean” is a notion shared by many coastal and maritime communities around the world. For the...
CEESP News - by Hanna Jaireth, member of IUCN CEESP, WCEL, WCPA One of the technical papers in a broad blueprint for the next generation of...
Photo:  “Plastic Paradise” by Kathy Allam. Artwork was entered in the 2017 'Sculptures by the Sea', at Bondi, Sydney. Photo: Hanna Jaireth A broad blueprint for the next generation of...
GCRMN-Caribbean Guidelines Capacity Building Workshop- comprehensive coral reef monitoring, 2016, Discovery Bay Jamaica.
CEESP News - by Maria Pena, Patrick McConney, Sherry Constantine and Lucie Labbouz Integration of socio-economic data into monitoring of coastal...
Coral reef scientists (socio-economic and ecological) and coastal managers from territories within and outside the Wider Caribbean link arms to demonstrate the integration of coral reef monitoring....
CEESP News - by Hugh Govan, Adviser, LMMA Network and Adjunct Senior Fellow, University of the South Pacific (USP), School of Government, Development...
Speech at UN Ocean Conference 2017 - “Our Common Ocean: Resources, Rights, and Responsibilities Progressive Policy Alternatives and Community Led Programmes” June 6, 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM, Conference...
MPA Conference
From 24 to 25 August 2017, IUCN, in collaboration with the Thai Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) hosted the “Regional Seminar on...
On behalf of IUCN Thailand, we would like to extend our condolences to the family and colleagues of Mr. Johannes Subjianto, Senior Advisor, Coral Triangle Center, who passed away suddenly during his...
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...
Mural "I love sea turtles" by the artist Le Thi Thuc Vi
On a sunny day in May 2016, coast guards in Quang Nam Province in Viet Nam found six endangered marine turtles caught by a local fisherman. The shiny...
Fishermen in Viet Nam have been catching sea turtles for generations. Now, these sea turtles are endangered. Catching them is illegal, yet most fishermen do not know this. “Some fishermen catch...
EU Overseas marine conservation efforts on a global map
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...
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...

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