Marine Protected Areas

UNEP-WCMC is working to establish marine protected areas within the high seas (marine areas beyond national jurisdiction) and map areas of ecological and biological significance in the Pacific Ocean.
 

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High Seas

High Seas

The high seas or marine areas beyond national jurisdiction are a topic of growing interest. Research and management is evolving fast, due to a realisation that it needs to catch up with exploitation. The biggest current threat to the high seas is exploitation, particularly of deep-sea fisheries, which affects both fish stocks and habitats. The project is focused on applying scientific and indigenous knowledge to the conservation of large-scale marine areas in the Pacific.

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Identification and Conservation of Ecologically and Biologically Significant Areas of the Pacific Ocean Basin

Identification and Conservation of Ecologically and Biologically Significant Areas of the Pacific Ocean Basin

A large-scale demonstration project of marine conservation in the Pacific region is currently underway through a growing partnership which includes the UNEP-WCMC, IUCN, the French Government and other local, regional and global organizations. This collaboration has begun to examine scientific information and indigenous knowledge as a means to identify and map important ocean areas of ecological value and international significance that are in need of protection.

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