TUBBATAHA RECEIVES PLATINUM MARINE PROTECTED AREA AWARD

By Tubbataha Management Office Published on September 6, 2017 11:07 am
Tubbataha receives Platinum Global Ocean Refuge Award during the 4th International Protected Areas Congress (#IMPAC4) in Chile. This first-ever Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) awards for Superlative Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) around the world is designed to incentivize marine conservation by recognizing the most effective MPAs according to science-based standards. Philippine delegates to the IMPAC4, Ms. Norievill Espana and Ms. Lea Avilla of the DENR-Biodiversity Management Bureau received the award for TRNP.  We thank the Marine Conservation Institute for this recognition. This award is dedicated to all our partners without whose contributions we will arrive at this proud juncture.

Announcing the First Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Awards for Superlative Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) Around the World

Washington D.C.— Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in securing protection for the oceans’ most important places, announced today the first-ever Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES, pronounced “glories”) awards. This initiative is designed to incentivize marine conservation through recognizing the most effective marine protected areas (MPAs) according to science-based standards. The objective of this innovative, new award system is to increase the amount and quality of MPA coverage around the world to meet the UN goal of 10% of the ocean protected by 2020 and the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) goal of 30% of the ocean protected by 2030. Today, according to the MPAtlas, only 3% of the world’s oceans have been designated as a marine protected area of any kind, and only 1.6% of the ocean is strongly protected in no-take marine reserves, the most effective form of conserving and recovering marine life. Global Ocean Refuges are evaluated according to clear, science-based criteria.  These are:
  1. Is the MPA in an important area for marine life of various types or rare creatures? Does it improve connectivity with other refuges or cover a marine ecosystem that has no protection yet?
  2. Is the MPA well managed with adequate staff, resources and enforcement? Does it have strong regulations that exclude some or all harmful activities like overfishing, bottom trawling, or mining, drilling and dredging?
  3. Is the MPA large enough, old enough, designed well enough and managed with the local community to work effectively?
GLORES awards will speed the creation of strong marine reserves and strengthen the protections in existing ones. The award was given during the 4th International Marine Protected Area Symposium in Chile today.  DENR representatives accepted the award for Tubbataha. Three of the five nominees this year were judged by the GLORES Science Council to be worthy of Platinum –the highest status.
  • Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument (United States)
  • Malpelo Fauna and Flora Sanctuary (Columbia)
  • Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park (Philippines)
An audit will be conducted every five years to determine whether the platinum awardees are maintaining the standards for which they have been recognized.   For more information:  https://blog.marine-conservation.org/2017/09/announcing-the-first-glores-awards.html?platform=hootsuite

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