Protected Area Networks

Networks of protected areas are those that are linked by a common focus, often having similar values and management approaches. UNEP-WCMC works to identify, support and promote these networks.

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Marine Protected Areas

Marine Protected Areas

UNEP-WCMC is working to establish marine protected areas within the high seas (marine areas beyond national jurisdiction) and map areas of ecological and biological significance in the Pacific Ocean.

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Transboundary Protected Areas

Transboundary Protected Areas

Protected areas that meet across international borders provide important opportunities for collaboration between managers and scientists in neighbouring countries. Work is undertaken by UNEP-WCMC to identify and support these protected areas.

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Ecological Corridors

Ecological Corridors

Fragmentation and destruction of natural habitats is a primary threat for many species. Isolated species populations can result in inbreeding, reducing the fitness and hence survival of a species. UNEP-WCMC is developing a project to strengthen and promote protected areas through connecting them.

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IABIN and PATN

IABIN and PATN

UNEP-WCMC has been actively working with the Protected Area Thematic Network (PATN) of the Inter-American Biodiversity Information Network (IABIN) on the development of the protected areas network. The UNEP-WCMC project with IABIN identifies sources of protected area databases within the six IABIN sub regions and the data types, standards and management systems employed.

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