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2024 Blue Park Awards
2024 Blue Park Award Winners Announced at Our Ocean Conference
New Marine Protected Areas Recognized for Outstanding Conservation

Congratulations to Tristan da Cunha (UK), Gitdisdzu Lugyeks Marine Protected Area (Kitasoo Xai’xais First Nation), and Siete Pecados Marine Park (Philippines) for earning the awards in recognition of exceptional marine biodiversity conservation.

REPORT: Largest 100 MPAs
Quality—not just quantity—should indicate progress toward reaching the goal of protecting at least 30% of the ocean by 2030.

A new study published in Conservation Letters, identifies significant gaps in quality and implementation of globally reported marine protected areas (MPAs) - well designed and well placed MPAs are needed to meet conservation goals.

Less than 3% of the ocean is effectively protected. We need to protect at least 30% of the ocean to safeguard marine biodiversity and build ocean resilience.


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The Blue Parks initiative provides the blueprints for protected area effectiveness, incentivizes conservation excellence, and unites the ocean’s best protected places in a strategic network to save life in the sea.

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