Marine reserves offer protection

02 July, 2017

Marine protected areas (MPAs) that restrict or ban extractive activities, such as fishing or mining, play a well-established role in conserving biodiversity. An international research team suggests that such reserves, when managed effectively, will be vital in helping marine communities adapt to the impacts of climate change. 

The team says that formal protection of marine ecosystems will support the biological processes that will help make these areas resilient to disturbances from a changing climate. Scaling up through an extensive network of MPAs can multiply these benefits.

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Image: Mangroves can provide a physical buffer that helps to protect coasts from sea level rise and increased storm surges.
© 2017 KAUST C. Duarte