The Andaman Islands are a group of Indian Ocean archipelagic islands in the Bay of Bengal, between the Indian peninsula and Burma. The Andaman Islands are high volcanic island that arise from a submerged mountain chain in the Andaman Sea. Groups like WWF have focused on the area because of the extremely diverse and well-preserved nature of the coral reefs in the area. The Andaman islands are home to species like the saltwater crocodile, dugong, leatherback sea turtles, and many different seabirds. Unfortunately due to many nearby human activities such as clearing of mangrove forests and agriculture, the Andaman Islands are under threat and Mission Blue has declared them as one of their new Hope Spots.
Marine Conservation Institute and the Waitt Foundation provide this
interactive tool to help users visualize the locations and coverage of global
marine protected areas (MPA). This atlas provides information on over 8000 MPAs
globally, drawing on datasets from the
World Database on Protected Areas1,
US MPA Center2,
and other country- and regional-level data authorities, as well as research
conducted by the Marine Conservation Institute.
In addition to MPA boundaries and site management information, this dataset
contains information on conservation measures with a particular focus on those
restricting the exploitation of marine life.
Features on this site are designed to allow users to understand (1) where current
protection exists and at what level, and (2), where important areas for future protection
are and any processes underway to establish MPAs. This provides vital information to
countries and their citizens interested in ocean conservation, management and stewardship.
The dataset is constantly being updated and we welcome visitors to the site to provide
feedback and update content by creating a member account on MPAtlas today.