In light of failed international efforts to meet an agreed 10% target for marine protected areas (MPAs), Seas At Risk member Liga para a Protecção da Natureza has launched a global online petition calling for governments to expand and strengthen MPAs.

In light of failed international efforts to meet an agreed 10% target for marine protected areas (MPAs), Seas At Risk member Liga para a Protecção da Natureza has launched a global online petition calling for governments to expand and strengthen MPAs.

The timing of the petition coincides with the backend of this year’s International Year of Biodiversity and after world governments recently reaffirmed their commitment to achieving 10% of their waters as MPAs.

When managed effectively, MPAs are an extremely valuable tool in providing protection from current and potential future threats to the marine environment such as fishing, CO2 storage and waste dumping.

However, with less than 1% of global waters currently protected and with insufficient resources provided to many MPAs, their current capacity to protect ocean life is hampered.

Governments must do more. Help make it happen and sign the petition

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