One Cool Thing: A Graphic Guide to Creating Marine Protected Areas

Our future depends upon sustaining ocean health and building resilience to climate change and other ocean stressors like pollution and acidification.  Protecting at least 30% of the ocean by 2030 through implemented, fully, and highly protected Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) is necessary for ocean and planetary health. Establishing an MPA can take years for communities – it is a complicated process in most countries but there are some common steps to take. Last year a number of organizations teamed up to create a short guide to creating MPAs.  And now, to make it even easier, a group of ocean scientists and artists created a comic book version of the Guide to explain the 4 stages of MPA establishment. Biodiversity is not safeguarded until an MPA is implemented and enforced — getting it right from the start is key.

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