MPAs Introduction

A Marine Protected Area (MPA) includes places in the sea and on the land where human activities are regulated or restricted to protect the marine and coastal environment and biodiversity.

MPAs are often used to protect threatened or endangered species. They can also be used to protect habitats which are important for the survival of species and ecosystems.

Another purpose MPAs is the conservation and protection of historical and cultural heritage in marine and coastal areas.

Therefore, different MPAs have different rules depending on their purpose. For example, in some MPAs, no human activities are allowed, while in others recreational, educational and researcher activities are allowed.

In the following page you can find information about MPAs in some of the CoCoNet partner countries.

You can also find more information on MPAs in the "Teacher's zone".