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

Cannizzo
Zachary J. et al.
2020
Adaptation
Global
English
Online

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. This article shares experiences of MPA managers, lessons learned and other case studies on climate change and marine conservation, highligting the successful aproaches that integrated community engagement, capacity building and partnership development. The case studies shared in this article create the start of of a road map for successful climate management in marine protected areas.