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Stakeholder engagement essential for successful designation of Highly Protected Marine Areas in Scotland

Featured Photo: View from the village of Elgol to the Cuillin Hills on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. (Credit: Daniel Callaghan) Blog By Marine Conservation Institute Blue Parks Intern Daniel Callaghan The United Kingdom (UK) has the second highest percentage of country waters designated as fully or highly protected marine areas in the world at…

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Blue Parks earns UN Ocean Decade endorsement

Last week, Marine Conservation Institute’s Blue Parks initiative was endorsed by the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030 (“UN Ocean Decade”). Blue Parks joins the UN Ocean Decade network of endorsed actions engaged in the common vision of the science we need for the ocean we want. “The UN Ocean Decade…

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Protection in the Pacific Remote Islands: Fifteen Years in the Making and Still Counting…

On March 21st, President Biden hosted the White House Conservation in Action Summit, where among other conservation actions, he directed the Secretary of Commerce to consider expanding the marine national monument around the Pacific Remote Islands by initiating a National Marine Sanctuary designation. This is the third President to recognize the conservation importance of these…

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Gitdisdzu Lugyeks (Kitasu Bay) MPA Named a Blue Spark in Growing Network of Highest Quality Marine Protected Areas

Press Kit (map, images, logos, background): https://marine-conservation.box.com/s/su5vpl6lasscfsko51stll2z15s2cqc6  Contacts listed below  [Vancouver, Canada, 5 Feb 2023] Today, at the 5th International Marine Protected Area Congress (IMPAC5), Marine Conservation Institute announced that Gitdisdzu Lugyeks (Kitasu Bay) MPA is now a Blue Spark marine protected area collaboration. The Blue Spark designation for this Indigenous-led protected area reflects the…

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2023 Blue Park Award Winners Announced at 5th International Marine Protected Area Congress

 New Marine Protected Areas Recognized for Outstanding Conservation Sunday 5 February 2023 Press Kit (map, images, logos, background): https://marine-conservation.box.com/s/su5vpl6lasscfsko51stll2z15s2cqc6  Contacts listed below  [Vancouver, Canada, 5 Feb 2023]—Three marine protected areas (MPAs) won prestigious Blue Park Awards for exceptional marine wildlife conservation at the 5th International Marine Protected Area Congress (IMPAC5) today. Pitcairn Islands Marine Protected…

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The Perspective – Ocean Takeaways from COP27

Photo by Alex Mustard // Misool Marine Reserve corals. 2018 Blue Park Award winner. By Marine Conservation Institute Intern Alexandra Azevedo. This is the last blog in a series surrounding the outcomes of the COP15 summit held in Montreal, Cananda this past year. Click here for the second blog in the series. Last year, the…

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A half-hearted win for Indigenous rights at Convention for Biological Diversity – COP15

Photo by Mark Sullivan // NOAA Fisheries Monk Seal Research Program. Papahānaumokuākea is a Blue Park that encompasses 1.5 million square kilometers. By Marine Conservation Institute Intern Jericha Major. This is a continued blog in a series surrounding the outcomes of the COP15 summit held in Montreal, Cananda this past year. Click here to read…

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World Resoundingly Agrees to Protect 30% of the Planet By 2030, Now Comes the Hard Part: Building a Vast, Highly Protected Network of Effectively Managed MPAs By the End of This Decade

© Picture Tobias Zimmer With contributions from Menelas Kosadinos, Beth Pike, Lance Morgan, Russell Moffitt & Jessica MacCarthy Across the globe, governments, NGOs, scientists, conservationists and many others are hailing the conclusion of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP15) where countries successfully adopted the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework late…

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