Defra ‘The British Overseas Territories (‘OTs’) are globally significant in their ecological richness, containing over 90% of the UK’s marine and terrestrial biodiversity. Constitutional responsibility for decision making in many policy areas relevant to biodiversity and conservation lie with the OTs, which are highly dependent on the assets provided by their natural environment, terrestrial and marine […]

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Natural England has provided supplementary material to support understanding of the comprehensive evidence behind the components of the Conservation Advice for Marine Protected Areas. Contained within the table are a series of guidance videos Marine Protected Areas. Contained within the table are a series of guidance videos, FAQs, glossary and supporting material to aid users […]

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As countries move towards achieving the Aichi target of 10% coverage of MPAs of their national ocean areas under the Convention on Biological Diversity, there is a growing focus on achieving other elements of the Aichi target. To help address these challenges, UN Environment has launched evidence-based guidance on combining governance approaches to enable effective […]

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Two possible networks of MPAs were presented to delegates negotiating the first every high seas conservation treaty at the UN last week. The maps, generated using biological and oceanographic data and the Marxan programme, showed potential reserves covering 30% or 50% of the high seas. The options presented were those the researchers thought offered the […]

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