Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Global MPA Plan of Action launched

7th October - Today at the 4th World Conservation Congress IUCN's World Commission on Protected Areas launched a plan to help protect planet ocean using Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

It is well recognised that despite our best efforts more needs to be done to protect our oceans. Nations of the world have already committed to this task, but so far less than 1% of our seas have been set aside for wildlife, and of that a much smaller amount is adequately managed. Much more needs to be done using MPAs to rise to the challenge of protecting wildlife, combating climate change and sustaining livelihoods and human health.

The MPA Plan of Action took two years to develop through an unprecedented global collaboration between leading ocean experts, with funding from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. The Plan sets out the key actions that the World Commission will take in the coming years to support a significant increase in protection for our seas and to complement the work already underway worldwide by conservation partners on this issue.

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