Intense exploitation of our oceans and seas is degrading marine biodiversity and ecosystems
at an alarming rate. This report presents good practice insights for effectively managing
marine protected areas (MPAs), one of the policy instruments available for the conservation
and sustainable use of marine biodiversity and ecosystems. While global coverage of
MPAs has been increasing over the past two decades, further efforts are required to
meet the target under the Sustainable Development Goals and to ensure they are effective.
Drawing on the literature and numerous examples from developed and developing countries,
this book highlights how the environmental and cost effectiveness of MPAs can be enhanced.
It covers issues including the benefits and costs of MPAs, the need for more strategic
siting of MPAs, monitoring and compliance, sustainable finance for MPAs, and the need
to embed these in a wider policy mix so as to address the multiple pressures on marine
OECD AT THE PREPARATORY MEETING FOR THE UN CONFERENCE ON SDG14 (OCEANS, SEAS and MARINE RESOURCES) - FEBRUARY 2017 - NEW YORK
Marine Protected Areas are key to ensuring better conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity and the oceans. The OECD side-event "Delivering on Sustainable Oceans for the SDGs" covered OECD work of the above report; the OECD report on The Ocean Economy in 2030; and the OECD Data on Fisheries Support Estimate.
OECD AT THE CONVENTION ON BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY (COP13) - DECEMBER 2016 - CANCUN
Katia Karousakis, OECD expert, presented on MPAs and their role in ecosystem provision, sustainable fisheries and tourism at the UNCTAD/UNEP/CAF side event on Oceans Economy and Ecosystems Services. The side event raised awareness and discussed novel international and regional approaches to address harmful incentives to marine biodiversity and ecosystem conservation and maximise the use of beneficial ones in key sustainable oceans economic sector such as fisheries and tourism, and their interlinkages under an ecosystem approach, for the advancement of SDG14 and Aichi targets.