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2024 Blue Park Awards
2024 Blue Park Awards
Awarding three Blue Parks — marine protected areas that meet science-based standards for outstanding conservation effectiveness.

Wednesday 17 April 2024 | 9-10 am
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, Athens

Photo: Tavish Campbell

Wednesday 17 April 2024  |  9-10 am
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, Athens

Achieving 30x30 in the ocean: Recognizing local and national actions and announcing the 2024 Blue Park Awards

This event will contribute to momentum for 30x30 by announcing and showcasing contributions toward the global target while underlining the need for new and existing marine protected areas (MPAs) to be high quality. This message will be reinforced through the announcement by Marine Conservation Institute of the winners of the 2024 Blue Park Awards and a discussion of best practice for the effective biodiversity conservation in MPAs.


Melissa Wright, Bloomberg Ocean Initiative

Rita El Zaghloul, High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People

Ministers of Environment from Nigeria, The Philippines, The Hellenic Republic, The Dominican Republic, Nigeria, and Madagascar (TBC)

Minna Epps, International Union for the Conservation of Nature

Kirsten Grorud-Colvert, Oregon State University

Lance Morgan, Marine Conservation Institute

Representatives of the 2024 Blue Park Award winners (to be announced)

Giuseppe Di Carl, Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy

Camila Rimoldi Ibanez, Youth Leader from EarthEcho International

Organized by: Marine Conservation Institute and Bloomberg Ocean Fund

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