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Inside Pacific Island climate discussions with President Macron

Ahead of the November 4 New Caledonian referendum for independence from French rule, France has made a strong commitment to the Indo-Pacific region with financial, political, and on-the-ground support and said a planned development bank would focus on climate change in the r

Addressing Criticisms of Large-Scale Marine Protected Areas

Designated large-scale marine protected areas (LSMPAs, 100,000 or more square kilometers) constitute over two-thirds of the approximately 6.6% of the ocean... Although LSMPAs have received support among scientists and conservation bodies for wilderness protection, regional ecological connectivity, and improving resilience to climate change, there are also concerns. 

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Woods Hole expedition to the Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA)

A team of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute scientists is currently researching coral reefs in the Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA), the Pacific Oceanscape’s foundation site. The reefs here have bleached and died for almost a century but have always recovered. The red hot question is why?

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Indicators for evaluating the protection of MPA networks

Not all MPAs are created equal, in terms of biodiversity conservation. Many MPAs allow extractive uses like fishing or oil prospecting, while other “no-take” MPAs prohibit such uses.

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Fully protected MPAs can reduce patchiness of target species

Marine protected areas (MPAs) are often used to protect patches of habitat that support species targeted for protection. Ideally, these protected habits should be well-connected
so that protected species can flow from one MPA to its neighbors.
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