Editor’s note: A new era for MPA News

Dear reader, Welcome to the 151st issue of MPA News — our first all-electronic issue! If you previously received MPA News on paper, we have switched you to email delivery. This change is helping us to reduce our production costs and improve our service to you in...

Multiple Marine and MPA-Related Publications Released at World Conservation Congress

Major international conferences like the World Conservation Congress in Hawai'i provide a high-profile opportunity to launch new publications. Several that debuted at the WCC are listed below:

  • Protected Planet 2016: UNEP and IUCN’s latest global accounting of the progress of protected area designation finds that 4.1% of the global ocean is now in MPAs. That figure rises to 10.2% when considering just marine areas within national jurisdiction, without the high seas. Representativeness remains a challenge: only one-third of the world’s 232 marine ecoregions have at least 10% of their area protected. The report also illustrates how protected areas contribute to 15 of the 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets under the Convention on Biological Diversity, as well as to targets of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The report is free.