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Fact sheet - Assessment of Portuguese Marine Protected Areas

Bárbara Horta and Costa

The WWF report “MPA X-ray – an assessment of Portuguese MPAs”, considers the type of protection, distribution and area of the MPAs in Portugal as well as their governance model. The report is supported by the Oceano Azul Foundation and the Oceanário de Lisboa. The report focuses on national, regional and local MPAs (only nationally designated) and clarifies some of the more relevant and urgent questions about the MPAs. The report also encourages the Portuguese Government and the institutions responsible for the implementation of more efficient MPAs to ensure the ocean’s sustainability.