Entries by Katharine Mill

Science of MPAs report; focus on Mediterranean

A report about the science of marine protected areas with a focus on the Mediterranean has been published by the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO, USA) and the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis (UNS, France). The science shows that fully protected, well-designed, well-managed, and well-enforced MPAs can support the economy and culture […]

Report on how MPAs can combat climate change

A report published in November looks at how marine protected areas can help combat climate change. The IUCN report, Marine Protected Areas and climate change: Adaptation and mitigation synergies, opportunities and challenges aims to demonstrate the link between MPAs and climate change mitigation and adaptation. Read more

New website about MPAs in Portugal

A new website has been published – MPAs Portugal – to raise awareness and provide information about the status of marine protected areas in Portugal and the archipelagos of Madeira and the Azores. The project is run by a team working at MARE – Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre – at ISPA, the Instituto Universitário […]

UNESCO marks 10 years of the World Heritage Marine Programme

To mark 10 years since the creation of its World Heritage Marine Programme, UNESCO published a report in December presenting the achievements of the past decade and setting out the future priorities of the World Heritage Convention for Marine Conservation. Among its plans are steps to facilitate the protection of five sites in the High Seas […]

A geological perspective on the degradation and conservation of western Atlantic coral reefs

‘Continuing coral-reef degradation in the western Atlantic is resulting in loss of ecological and geologic functions of reefs. With the goal of assisting resource managers and stewards of reefs in setting and measuring progress toward realistic goals for coral-reef conservation and restoration, we examined reef degradation in this region from a geological perspective.’ From an […]

New HELCOM assessment on networks of marine protected areas

A new assessment of the coastal and marine protected area network in the Baltic Sea (HELCOM MPAs) has been published. Although the Baltic Sea has the highest protection of all European marine regions, with 12% of the HELCOM area designated as marine protected areas, the assessment concludes that the network is not yet ecologically coherent. […]

MPA managers from four continents attend Project Kick-off Workshop

Marine Protected Area managers and other stakeholders from around the Atlantic Basin took part in a successful Project Kick-Off Workshop on 16-17 October in Brussels. Participants shared their good practices – from Mexico, Spain, Saint-Martin, Gabon, Cape Verde, Guatemala, Mauritania and Colombia – and their previous experience of partnership projects – between the French Caribbean […]

Mexico announces four MPAs; achieves Aichi target 11

The President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, signed a decree declaring four marine protected areas (MPAs) at the UN Biodiversity Conference. The decree brings Mexico’s total MPAs to 22.05% of its coastal and marine area, in line with Aichi Biodiversity Target 11, which aims to conserve at least 10% of marine and coastal areas. Read more