The Coral Triangle is a triangular area in the western Pacific Ocean encompassing the marine waters of Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands, and Timor-Leste. Designated as a Hope Spot by Mission Blue, it is one of the most diverse ecosystems on earth, containing 30% of the world’s coral reefs and the greatest extent of mangrove forests in the world. As such, it has been identified as a high priority area for conservation by multiple governments and non-governmental conservation organizations. In 2007 a partnership of the six above-mentioned countries, known as the Coral Triangle Initiative, was created to conserve the Coral Triangle’s valuable marine resources and biodiversity. Part of the Coral Triangle Initiative’s purpose is to protect 20% of all coastal and marine habitats in the Coral Triangle within marine protected areas by 2020. This program receives support from WWF, Conservation International, The Nature Conservancy, the Global Environment Facility, the Asia Development Bank, and both the US and Australian Agencies for International Development.
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.