The World Summit on Sustainable Development, the IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas, the Convention on Biological Diversity, and the G8 group of Nations have all called for establishing a global system of MPA networks by the year 2012. The challenge is to transform these commitments into meaningful action. The document seeks to capture emerging international best practice on the full range of considerations needed to build such networks. This project is a result of collaboration with the MPA Center, National Marine Sanctuary Program, English WWF – Australia, The Nature Conservancy, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) and has been reviewed at two international forums: CZ 05 and IMPAC1. The short non-technical version of the document will be launched at the April 2006 WCPA Marine Summit.
The Summit will bring together members of the WCPA - Marine Senior Advisory Group and WCPA - Marine Regional Coordinators with other key members of the global MPA community representing the major NGOs and recognized global leaders in marine conservation.
Since 1999, NOS has provided leadership and staff support to the WCPA, the world's premier network of protected area expertise representing over 1,200 members, spanning 140 countries.
Global leadership to advance ecosystem management coastal stewardship.