Being able to demonstrate whether a Marine Protected Area (MPA) is achieving its objectives is essential to be able to refine the management measures adopted and to reinforce their legitimacy. After several years of focusing on the surface area covered by MPAs, institutions at all levels are now turning to a more qualitative aspect that aims to assess whether existing MPAs are effective.
Management effectiveness is indeed a key objective of the post-2020 agenda of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the European Commission’s Green Deal and the Post 2020 MPA Strategy being developed by the Barcelona Convention.
This edition of « Science for MPA Management » provides an overview of the subject in this year 2021, which we hope will be a turning point in the protection of marine biodiversity.
Take a look at the past editions of “Science for MPA management”.