Blue Sea - Global Marine Protection Results
Unbelievably, 36 years after global marine protected areas were established, international experts have just concluded they are inefficient. Global conservation targets set back in 1982, that provide today's foundation, are inadequate, too expensive, inefficient and at times just not working.
Global Expert Evaluation
A collaboration involving University of Hamburg, Wildlife Conservation Society, University of Queensland and the Nature Conservancy assessed the efficiency of marine protected areas, which equal 16% of national waters around the world.
Findings At Times Disappointing
They found protected areas missed many unique ecosystems and have greater impact on fisheries than necessary. Many protected areas are too expensive and in the wrong places. International targets call for protection of at least 10% of all the world's oceans and all marine ecosystems. Right now, half of all marine ecosystems fall short of the target and 10 ecosystems are not protected at all.
International Expert Conclusions
With a more strategic approach, the marine protected area network would be 1/3 smaller, cost 1/2 as much and meet international targets of protecting 10% of every ecosystem. Next steps on this are important.
Next Steps - UN Meeting in China
All of this is important now because there's a remedy at hand. Next year, in China, the UN will hold a global meeting to start negotiating new conservation targets for 2020-2030. The international team behind the evaluation is urging governments to be more tactical and deliver better outcomes for ocean and marine life conservation.