We are excited to see an article in The Atlantic today on marine protected areas that features our MPAtlas. “A Blueprint for Protecting the World’s Oceans” by Svati Kirsten Narula provides an insightful look at how to make marine protected areas more effective for conservation. We’re pleased to see the prominence of MPAtlas, our tool for gauging marine protected area progress worldwide, which is fueled by donations from the Waitt Foundation, Winslow Foundation, Holland America Line and Arntz Family Foundation. MPAtlas is a key tool for our Global Ocean Refuge System initiative to save marine species in all regions of the sea.
Clearly the world needs more well-located, strongly protected places in the sea. We are currently doing a major overhaul of MPAtlas to make it an even better interactive, up-to-date resource to learn more about marine protected areas around the world. The new version will have more details about their protection status, history, human use info and key contacts. MPAtlas allows users to analyze marine protected area coverage and protection levels by country, other political region, or biogeography/habitat. It will become a key resource for people tracking marine protected area establishment campaigns.
We welcome input from marine protected area advocates, government officials and visitors through our website and on social media platforms. We look forward to some big changes ahead and welcome you to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.