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How can marine and coastal area-based management approaches contribute to SDGs and Targets?

UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has released a technical report on how area-based management approaches can support SDG achievement.

The report titled, ‘The Contributions of Marine and Coastal Area-Based Management Approaches to SDGs and Targets,’ analyzes a selection of area-based management approaches to support the conservation and sustainable use of marine and coastal resources using 25 case studies from around the world. The technical report can be found here: https://wcmc.io/oceansdgs_technicalreport

UNEP WCMC MarineProtectedAreas 1Exploring the World’s Marine Protected Areas

Over 70% of the surface of Earth is ocean, comprised of highly diverse ecosystems, and providing a wide range of marine ecosystem services that support human society, health and the economy.

A new section of the Protected Planet website presents the most recent official coverage statistics for marine protected areas, updated monthly from the World Database on Protected Areas.

UNEP WCMC Ocean 650WImproving access to global marine and coastal biodiversity data

The Ocean Data Viewer offers users the opportunity to view and download a range of spatial datasets that are useful for informing decisions regarding the conservation of marine and coastal biodiversity – including warm and cold water corals, seagrass, mangroves and saltmarshes.

Data users may also be interested in the Ocean+ Data website, which provides a list of more than 180 known datasets, database, and data portals containing marine and coastal data and information of biodiversity importance.

UNEP WCMC Coral Reef Funding Landscape 600WHow are our coral reefs funded?

Between 2010 and 2016, more than USD 1.9 billion was committed to implement, monitor and enforce the conservation and sustainable management of tropical coral reefs and associated mangroves and seagrasses, yet coral reef ecosystems alone provide society with living resources and services equating approximately USD 375 billion per year. Data from the Coral Reef Funding Landscape informed the 2018 Analysis of International Funding for the Sustainable Management of Coral Reefs and Associated Coastal Ecosystems. This analysis was conducted by UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre, UN Environment and the International Coral Reef Initiative and is available to download as a summary brochure.