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Achieving the global target for effective Marine Protected Areas

Peter Jones takes a lead in Rome conference

Achieving the global target for effective Marine Protected Areas

Dr Peter Jones coordinated the governance stream of an international Conference on Marine Protected Areas in Rome on 7-9 March 2016. This was convened to support the achievement of a globally agreed target to conserve at least 10% of coastal and marine areas by the year 2020 (Sustainable Development Goals, 14, Target 5).

The meeting was part of the Ocean Sanctuary Alliance’s 10X20 initiative, working in collaboration with the Italian Government, the United Nations Environment Programme and the Caribbean Environment Programme.

The first two days of the meeting involved 25 international experts discussing good practice in designating and promoting effective Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), focusing on science, governance and finance.

Diplomatic representatives from 50 countries joined the conference on the third day to agree a Call to Action and Scientists’ Consensus Statement, to guide national governments, the United Nations and development donors in MPA projects over the next 15 years

Peter was invited to give a keynote address and lead the governance stream to draw on the findings of the international MPA Governance project that he runs, particularly the rationale and case studies discussed in his recent book Governing Marine Protected Areas: resilience through diversity.

For slides of Peter’s keynote address, Governing MPAs: social-ecological resilience through institutional diversity, see:

Press Release on the conference

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