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Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) form a worldwide network of remarkable sites where sea-management standards are set.
An MPA is a defined zone where natural and/or cultural resources receive special protection. MPAs vary widely in their conservation methods and in the habitats they encompass – from open ocean to estuaries. They do not necessarily exclude human activities, but rather seek to manage them in a sustainable way.
Generally, MPAs strive to find the best possible compromise between ecological and economic constraints. As such, they are crucial because:
MPAs therefore have a central role to play in the major challenges that humankind will face in the near future: fighting and coping with climate change, reducing poverty and sharing resources.
Browse the interactive map of marine protected areas worldwide on protectedplanet.net