“The Global Ocean Refuge System brings together the world’s best protected ocean places and the people that care about them.”

The Global Ocean Refuge System

The Global Ocean Refuge System improves the quality and quantity of marine protection globally, by awarding protected areas that meet science-based standards. This helps the world create an urgently-needed worldwide system of strongly protected areas through strategic and cost-effective ways, ensuring the future diversity and abundance of marine life. Overwhelming evidence shows that well-placed, well-managed and well-enforced marine protected areas (MPAs) help marine wildlife populations rebound and flourish. Additionally they renew biodiversity in surrounding areas. 

The Global Ocean Refuge System was launched to protect 30% of the ocean by 2030. It is an innovative strategy to incentivize decision makers to establish protected areas that safeguard marine life and promote opportunities for sustainable tourism.

The Global Ocean Refuge System aims to safeguard marine biodiversity by assembling a strategic network of effective MPAs that includes replicate representation of all marine ecosystems in each biogeographic region and supports ecological spatial connectivity.

In the Global Ocean Refuge System, marine life will be safeguarded from human threats, recover, and thrive again.

The Global Ocean Refuge System at a glance:

Locations: Glen Ellen (CA), United States

Date of Foundation: 1996

Main Focus: 

  • Marine Protected Areas
  • Ecosystem Conservation
  • Research
  • Wildlife Protection

Volunteering Opportunities: Yes

Homepage: http://www.globaloceanrefuge.org

Contact: info@globaloceanrefuge.org

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