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Blue Parks

The Blue Parks initiative unites the ocean’s best protected places and the people who champion them in a strategic network to save life in the sea.

The Blue Parks initiative sets a science-based standard for marine protected area quality, incentivizes the standard with prestigious international awards, and supports conservation leaders around the world who are working to achieve the standard.

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We need standards to ensure that marine protected areas (MPAs) truly protect marine biodiversity.

We launched the Blue Parks initiative to celebrate effective MPAs and incentivize governments, managers, and communities to achieve effective conservation.

Blue Parks are the MPAs in the right places with the right rules and the right management to safeguard wildlife. The Blue Park Criteria are based on the science of MPA conservation effectiveness.

Celebrate these conservation successes with us! Together we can protect marine life in every ocean ecosystem.

Blue Parks currently cover 1% of the global ocean across 22 countries.

Assembling a Global Network

The Blue Parks initiative aims to safeguard marine biodiversity by assembling a strategic network of effective MPAs that includes replicate representation of all marine ecosystems in each biogeographic region and supports marine population persistence.

Blue Parks Benefits

The award, which confers prestige, funding leverage and ecotourism opportunities, aligns governments' interests with biodiversity conservation and comes with a cash prize. The Blue Park standard is a benchmark for conservation effectiveness.

Blue Parks is endorsed by the UN Ocean Decade


Blue Park Awards support international progress towards the Convention on Biological Diversity Target 3 ("30x30") and UN Sustainable Development Goal 14, and the revitalization of our ocean..

The Blue Park Awards are supported by Blue. Each Blue Park receives US $10,000 (platinum level), US $8,000 (gold level), or US $6,000 (silver level) as well as an etched glass trophy to recognize their achievement.

Join us in creating a network of Blue Parks around the world to safeguard life in the sea.