IUCN Charts Marine Protected Areas

Connecting marine reserves into larger networks will make marine species and ecosystems more resistant to climate change, overfishing and pollution, many ocean scientists agree, but making it happen can be difficult.

Today, a new guide for establishing marine protected area networks was released at the IUCN Marine Protected Area Summit in Washington, DC.

Some 50 marine experts and conservationists have gathered at the invitation-only Summit to strategize on bringing the world from today, when most countries and regions have just started to develop a few small marine protected areas to a time when over 20 to 30 percent of oceans and seas are safeguarded in protected areas.

The new guide, “Establishing Networks of Marine Protected Areas