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Adapting to a changing ocean: Experiences from marine protected area manager

Marine protected areas (MPAs) are suffering from the consequences of climate change, like ocean acidification, because of which traditional MPA management strategies are being challenged. Still, there is a concerning gap between the impacts of climate change on the marine environment and the initiatives addressing these challenges at local and regional levels. However, the impact climate change has on marine ecosystems is increasingly experienced by MPA managers, leading to climate assessment and adaption receiving more attention.

North Devon: Ecosystem Services

This factsheet, a product of the partnership of WWF UK and Sky Ocean Rescue (UK SEAS Project), provides answers to the question: "What are the key benefits the marine environment provides to people, and what are the risks and opportunities?" related to North Devon, United Kingdom. This communication tool gives a brief explaination of how the concept of Ecosystem Services and how this applies to the situation in North Devon. The UK SEAS Project developed several other reports and communications tools that can be find via the link below. 

Study on the economic benefits of marine protected areas

This report is one of the products of a project reviewing the economic benefits of MPAs, which is initiated by the European Commission and carried out by ICF, IEEP and PML. This study, task five of the larger project, gathered information from ten MPA case studies through qualitative research including stakeholder interviews and field visits. The ten case studies investigated the economic benefits of MPAs to evalaluate findings resulting from the project's previous research tasks and to collect lessons learned based on situations from different MPAs in European waters. 

Marine Protected Areas Network Report 2012 - 2018

This report provides an update on the current state of the MPA network in English waters, established under the United Kingdom's Marine and Coastal Access Act. Since 2012, the United Kingdom has made substantial progress on its MPA network - also called the 'Blue Belt' - and fifty new Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) have been designated. In broad terms, the targets of this large-scale project focus on the conservation of marine species and habitats in the MPA network.

Enabling Effective and Equitable Marine Protected Areas - Guidance on combining governance approaches

This guide is developed by UN Environment (UNEP) to provide evidence-based advice on how to use the governance of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in promoting ocean conservation and a sustainable use of marine resources. The governance framework and key issues highlight several governance situations, and are supported by case studies that exemplify different governance approaches, challenges and solutions. The guide recognises that each situation demands its own solution and therefore offers a flexible approach to governance.

Internaitonal guidebook of environmental finance tools. A sectoral approach: Protected Areas, Sustainable Forests, Sustainable Agricultture and Pro-Poor Energy

The International Guidebook of Environmental Finance Tools provides guidance to countries in developing and implementing the most commonly used, widely applicable, and potentially high-impact environmental finance tools. It does not offer a comprehensive list of all the environmental finance tools available to developing countries. Rather, it aims to define and analyse the primary tools that are already in use and that can be applied globally to advance sustainable development.