All posts by Jessica Coulter

The Role of Marine Protected Areas in the Fight Against Climate Change

Marine protected areas (MPAs) are a nature-based solution to climate change mitigation, resilience, and adaptation.

Recently, Amazon CEO and the world’s wealthiest person, Jeff Bezos, pledged $10 billion to fight climate change, which he referred to as “the biggest threat to our planet,” via the creation of the Bezos Earth Fund. The vast opportunities created by such large philanthropic initiatives prompt thoughtful deliberation about the necessary actions to minimize and … Continue reading The Role of Marine Protected Areas in the Fight Against Climate Change

Frontrunners in Global Marine Protection

Top 10 Countries by Marine Protected Area Coverage

Marine protected areas (MPAs) are a vital tool for conserving marine biodiversity and ocean health in the face of human-caused threats, such as habitat destruction, overfishing, and climate change. They provide a wide range of benefits, such as increasing biodiversity and biomass, protecting endangered species, recovering overfished populations and sequestering carbon, justifying their inclusion as … Continue reading Frontrunners in Global Marine Protection

2020 is Here – Will We Meet Global Conservation Targets for Marine Protected Areas?

Only ~2.5% of the ocean is "highly" protected

Measuring Progress Toward Marine Conservation Goals 2020 is finally here. It’s a date that looms large in the fight to save the planet. This year marks the deadline for reaching the global target for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), to protect 10% of the world’s coastal and … Continue reading 2020 is Here – Will We Meet Global Conservation Targets for Marine Protected Areas?

U.S. SeaStates 2019: Marine Protection in America’s Ocean Areas

As we approach 2020, we see little change in marine protected areas (MPAs) in United States waters. At the end of 2019, 23.1% of U.S. waters are in strongly protected areas. 1.3% of state waters are strongly protected, compared to 23.9% of federal waters. These numbers are unchanged since the administration change in 2017.  Despite lack of progress, based on numbers alone, the U.S. has achieved and exceeded protecting 10% of … Continue reading U.S. SeaStates 2019: Marine Protection in America’s Ocean Areas