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MPAtlas Glossary

MPAtlas utilizes science-based assessments to categorize and measure the conservation benefits of marine protected areas across the globe using clear, standardized terminology.

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The Marine Protection Atlas maintains and visualizes the most comprehensive database of marine protected area quality assessments.

Why Fully and Highly Protected Areas?

Studies show that fully and highly protected areas provide the greatest conservation benefits.

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MPA Quality Assessments

Science-based MPA quality assessments clearly measure and articulate the protection level and expected conservation benefits of MPAs

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