Why do we need Marine Protected Areas?
Never in the history of humanity has the health of the oceans been more threatened, and more important to our wellbeing.
The costly decline of ocean health impacts people, such as fishermen struggling to feed their family, and is made worse by the disastrous effects of climate change.
We need more Marine Protected Areas in the “right places” – where the conservation need is most urgent and where the potential for their contribution, for both humans and wildlife, at its highest.
With well-designed and managed Marine Protected Areas, and especially networks of such areas, we can boost the health of ecosystems and even turn around the downward trends of marine biodiversity.
WWF & Marine Protected Areas
WWF works all around the world to make sure that critical habitats in our 14 priority places (see map
) are protected and restored and continue to provide multiple benefits to people and livelihoods.
It is in those places that we are applying our know-how on Marine Protected Areas, building on traditional knowledge, to make sure that they meet people’s needs for generations to come.