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Australia front and center in Ocean Protection

A new official map of the world’s Marine Protected Areas has just been released – check it out below.

It puts Australia front and centre, without peer, as a result of recent decisions that YOU helped pressure the government to pass.

This is the most recent official map of MPAs generated by UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP WCMC) using data from the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA). The WDPA is the official database of protected areas from around the world administered by UNEP WCMC on behalf of the UNEP and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) partnership that governs the WDPA.

The latest official statistics for global MPA coverage are:

  • 2.8% of the global ocean is protected*

Official MPA Map

The accreditation when using this map should be IUCN and UNEP-WCMC (Oct 2013). The World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA). Available at:www.protectedplanet.net.

The latest official statistics for global MPA coverage are:

  • 2.8% of the global ocean is protected*

 * IUCN and UNEP-WCMC (2013), The World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) Cambridge, UK: UNEP- WCMC.


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