A Rainbow of Marine Protected Areas

Maddi Higgins January 21, 2015 0

Only 2.3% of the world’s oceans are protected. That’s why WWF works to create Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). An MPA is an area designated to protect marine ecosystems, processes, habitats and species as well as promote positive social impacts. They include marine reserves, no-take zones, marine parks, and sanctuaries around the world. MPAs preserve the marine biodiversity we enjoy in our travels, and ecotourism is an important tool keeping MPAs financially sustainable. Here’s a slideshow exploring the colors and countries of Marines Protected Areas around the world:

  • The red mangroves of Belize are protected as part of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve. WWF works to create a network of Marine Protected Areas across the Mesoamerican Reef. © naturepl.com/Tim Lamn/WWF-Canon.

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