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Successful coordination of a Voluntary Commitment.

Seventeen organizations have agreed to:

MPA Action Group members are well positioned and ready to collectively assist countries in achieving their global and national commitments to create MPAs. With the robust expertise on coastal and marine protected areas, including through participatory approaches, that this group holds, its partners will work in at least 50 MPAs and LMMAs over the next 12 years (by 2030) to measurably enhance management capacity, effectiveness and sustainability. We are also working to support the establishment of MPAs in areas beyond national jurisdictions the including through supporting the development of a strong legally-binding marine biodiversity treaty under the UNCLOS.

Where individual partners of the MPA Action Group are making their own programmatic and funding commitments in support of identification of important areas for protection, such as, for example, Key Biodiversity Areas, establishment, and management of MPAs, the members commit to communicating and to the extent possible, coordinate on such commitments to ensure maximum efficiency and effectiveness, and to strive for greatest positive impact.

We will assist countries in delivering SDG14 related targets by:

  • Supporting creation of new MPAs and improving the effectiveness of existing MPAs;
  • Providing technical capacity to accelerate effective maintenance of MPAs and LMMAs;
  • Documenting and communicating the contribution of these MPAs and LMMAs toward the achievement of sustainable development;
  • Building management capacity of local communities and identify resource opportunities to support this;
  • Fostering shared learning between MPA and LMMA managers through exchanges;
  • Producing online training modules for MPA Management based on best practices;
  • Communicating to the wider global community on the importance of all MPAs/LMMAs to coastal communities through an online platform Ocean Witness

Read the entire Voluntary Commitment.