MPAs and networks in the Atlantic
One of the project’s primary tasks is to obtain an overview of the situation and status of MPAs in the Atlantic: their number, how they are organised, their challenges, examples of good practice, and how the project might address issues through supported coordination and the sharing of innovative good practice.
According to our work so far, we have identified that there are over 4 000 MPAs on the Atlantic rim, along the coast or offshore. If we also count protected areas along or very near the coast, that number rises to over 10 000. There are also several regional networks.
A network of marine protected areas is defined by the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) Marine group as follows:
‘A collection of individual MPAs or reserves operating co-operatively and synergistically, at various spatial scales and with a range of protection levels that are designed to meet objectives that a single reserve cannot achieve.’
This project aims to develop a partnership between networks and other MPAs in the Atlantic area.
Existing regional networks in the Atlantic include: