Marine Protected Areas

Increase the numebr of MPA's in the ocean.

Our goal

Marine Protected Areas (MPA’s) and other area-based management tools are part of any conservation and sustainable fisheries strategy, as a means to protect marine species and habitats, reverse the decline of biodiversity and of the goods and services associated with marine ecosystems, recover degraded habitats and increase the sustainability of the resources.

Initiative status
Stage 2 : Started
Initiative keywords
  • Biodiversity
  • MPAs
  • Protection
  • Species
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Contribute to the implementation of Marine Protected Areas at the national and international levels establishing partnerships and supporting science-based processes.


- Promote the establishment of new MPA's;

- Improve the effectiveness of current MPA's;

- Reduce “Paper" Parks.

What We Do

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October 7, 2017
Oceano Azul Foundation presents three commitments for ocean conservation Oceano Azul Foundation presents three commitments for ocean conservation   José Soares dos Santos, President of the Oceano Azul Foundation, was one of the speakers at the Our Ocean conference, held on October 5-6 in Malta. Organized since 2014 by John Kerry, as Vice-President of the United States of America, and this year hosted by [...]
September 15, 2017
Experts discuss the state of the ocean at the Oceanário de Lisboa

14 and 15 September
Organized by the United Nations Secretariat, the initiative has the support of the Portuguese Government and a partnership with Oceano Azul Foundation. The goal is to promote a debate that feeds the scientific work of elaborating the second “World Ocean Assessment”.

September 11, 2017
“Seabed is the main destination for plastics going into the ocean”

Interview to Christopher K. Pham
Christopher K. Pham, researcher at the Institute of Marine Research and at Universidade dos Açores, explains the problematic of marine litter on the seabed and the reason why he associated with the campaign “If it doesn’t go in the bin it goes in the sea.”


Global losses caused by plastic in the oceans today (euros)