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Marine protected areas in Europe's seas — An overview and perspectives for the future

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Europe's seas are under pressure. Marine protected areas (MPAs) can act as a key conservation measure to safeguard marine ecosystems and biodiversity as well as the services these ecosystems provide. The report provides an overview on progress made to date in establishing MPAs and MPA networks in Europe's seas, specifically MPAs reported by European Union (EU) Member States up to and including 2012. It also discusses how best to assess the effectiveness of these MPAs and determine their effectiveness in protecting biodiversity across Europe's seas.
Biodiversity, Marine Ecosystems, Europe's seas, Natural Capital, Natura 2000
Country of publication: 
European Union
Publication date: 
Thursday, October 1, 2015
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