Selling carbon credits to fund MPAs, Part 2: Could MPAs sell credits based on their fish stocks?

The more fish an ecosystem contains, the more carbon is being captured and stored there. In this sense, MPAs could be viewed as an important management option for conserving and enhancing fish carbon services. Theoretically the financial value of well-managed ‘fish carbon’ could even be harnessed to support MPAs. Is there some way we can make this idea of fish carbon actually work as an MPA financing tool? We speak with several experts about the possibilities.

Perspective | Important Marine Mammal Areas come of age: Identified sites are now leading to real protections

By Erich Hoyt

For the past four years, a core group of the IUCN Marine Mammal Protected Areas Task Force has dedicated its time to launching a new tool – Important Marine Mammal Areas (IMMAs) – to highlight areas that are important for one or more marine mammal species, and which have the potential to be managed for conservation. These IMMAs are already leading to conservation results.

Notes & News: 10% coverage target – Russia – Belize – Scotland – Cote D’Ivoire – Galapagos – New coral reef fund – Around the web – From the MPA News vault

UN report card: 10% MPA coverage target is not met yet, but could be by year’s end

In 2010, the UN Convention on Biological Diversity set a series of 20 targets — the Aichi Biodiversity Targets — to protect global biodiversity by 2020, including a target for 10% MPA coverage (Target 11). Now that 2020 is nearly over, the UN has released a final report card on progress toward the targets, and the main takeaway is that none of them has been met completely, including Target 11. However, the 10% MPA coverage figure may be met by the end of this year.