Marine Protected Area Networks: Tools to promote resilience of Arctic marine ecosystems

Networks of marine protected areas (MPAs)—essentially parks in the ocean—and other area-based conservation measures provide an important means of helping to maintain biodiversity, bolster resilience of Arctic marine ecosystems, and help the people who depend on them as they face the many physical, chemical, and biological changes occurring as a result of rising atmospheric carbon dioxide. An MPA network is a collection of individual MPAs operating at various spatial scales, designed to meet conservation objectives that a single MPA cannot achieve alone. In 2017, the Arctic Council’s Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment working group produced an MPA Network Toolbox that describes different types of MPAs, other area-based management tools, and the ways in which they can contribute to ecosystem resilience in the Arctic. The objective of the toolbox is to support decision makers and practitioners in developing and managing marine areas, as some countries are already moving ahead with the development of MPA networks. The next steps to support the development of a pan-Arctic MPA network include: engaging with indigenous and local communities and ocean users; identifying additional important areas; continuing to build our scientific understanding; developing and distributing data and tools to inform network planning; and supporting implementation and effective management of MPAs.


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  • Accession Number: 01676631
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 10 2018 3:18PM