Fifteen hundred representatives from 87 nations came together last week to discuss our absolutely favorite subject: Marine Protected Areas (MPA’s), or as we call them, Hope Spots. It went down in France with a delicately balanced soup of the relevant stakeholders: Marine Protected Area managers, scientists, politicians, local representatives, concerned civilians, business executives and more.
Getting together and talking is all well and good — but what happened? What were the visions put forward to save our ocean?
On the Mission Blue front, we were ecstatic to announce a new Hope Spot Map with 50 marine areas targeted for increased conservation. Ideally even larger swaths of the ocean would be completely protected starting tomorrow, yet these 50 Hope Spots offer a road map — a game plan — to concentrate conservation efforts in places that are critical to ocean health…critical to the future health of our entire planet, whose chemistry and biology is driven by our Blue Heart.
As a whole, IMPAC 3 made six awesome recommendations regarding Marine Protected Areas on our planet.…