A new report provides a set of four general guidelines for designing MPA networks that are resilient to climate change:

  • Protect species and habitats with crucial ecosystem roles, or those of special conservation concern;
  • Protect potential carbon sinks;
  • Protect ecological linkages and connectivity pathways for a wide range of species; and
  • Protect the full range of biodiversity present in the target biogeographic area.

The 82-page report Scientific Guidelines for Designing Resilient Marine Protected Area Networks in a Changing Climate is published by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, an intergovernmental institution to support environmental cooperation among Canada, Mexico, and the US.  Find it in the OpenChannels Literature Library at: /literature-library/1381051806