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Global Protected Area Partnerships

There are many global initiatives that provide information, resources and tools for practitioners at protected areas. Due to the nature of these initiatives, they tend to be broad-scale and do not necessarily hold information about many of the smaller protected areas such as those in the Pacific where many protected areas fall under local indigenous conservation and management. However, some of these global networks and partnerships provide practitioners with tools that can be adapted for use anywhere. You may also find that there are training, funding and other opportunities that can help you with efforts in your own location. 
Below are descriptions of some global protected area networks and partnerships providing information and support to practitioners around the world.  There are also a large number of other networks and partnerships that can provide conservation and technical assistance in various forms.


ReefBase Pacific

The ReefBase Pacific project is Component 2D of the Coral Reef Initiatives for the Pacific (CRISP), executed byThe WorldFish Center

Reef Resilience Program

Reef Resilience is a partnership led by The Nature Conservancy that builds the capacity of reef managers and practitioners around the world to better address the local impacts on coral reefs from climate change and other stressors.

Schmidt Ocean Institute

Schmidt Ocean Institute

Schmidt Ocean Institute is a 501(c)(3) private non-profit operating foundation established to advance oceanographic research, discovery, and knowledge, and catalyze sharing of information about the oceans. 

Seas At Risk

Seas At Risk

Our vision

Healthy marine ecosystems whose benefits can be enjoyed now and in the future.


Seas At Risk is an umbrella organisation of environmental NGOs from across Europe that promotes ambitious policies for marine protection at European and international level.

Sustainable Ocean Initiative

Sustainable Ocean Initiative

Around the world, efforts are under way to improve conservation and sustainable use of marine and coastal biodiversity. However, there has yet to be an effort to take a holistic and comprehensive approach to capacity development for conservation and sustainable use of oceans and coasts.

The Sustainable Ocean Initiative builds on these efforts, resources, and experiences by providing a holistic and strategic framework through which to provide capacity building opportunities to address regional priorities toward...

Te Me Um

Te Me Um

C'est un programme de formations, d’échanges, d’informations et de coopération à destination des gestionnaires d'espaces naturels des outre-mer français.  Il est coordonné par l'Aten et piloté par un comité regroupant 17 structures impliquées dans la préservation de la biodiversité.

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

The Nature Conservancy's mission is conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.

The Ocean Project

The Ocean Project

The Ocean Project advances ocean conservation in partnership with aquariums, zoos, museums, and other visitor-serving organizations (VSOs) around the world. Since 2002, The Ocean Project has also been the global leader for coordinating and growing World Oceans Day.

The Pew Charitable Trusts

Global Ocean Legacy, a project of The Pew Charitable Trusts and its partners, is working with local communities, governments and scientists around the world to protect and conserve some of our most important and unspoiled ocean environments.  Together they are establishing the world’s first generation of great marine parks by securing the designation of large, fully protected reserves. Their efforts have helped to double the amount of safeguarded ocean habitat worldwide.

The PNG-METT: A method for assessing effectiveness in Papua New Guinea’s protected areas, August 2017

In 2015–2017, the Government of Papua New Guinea (PNG), through its Conservation and Environmental Protection Authority (CEPA) and with the support of United Nations Development Program (UNDP), organised an evaluation of its protected areas, as part of the process to improve management effectiveness. PNG’s Policy on Protected Areas commits to regular evaluation of management effectiveness and to taking remedial action to improve effectiveness over time. ‘Management effectiveness of Protected Areas will be regularly evaluated on a national basis, and improvements will be put into place based on assessment results.

UNEP Regional Seas Programme

The Regional Seas Programme aims to address the accelerating degradation of the world’s oceans and coastal areas through the sustainable management and use of the marine and coastal environment, by engaging neighbouring countries in comprehensive and specific actions to p

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

United Nations to Develop New Marine Biodiversity Treaty for the High Seas and Beyond

In June, 2015, the United Nations General Assembly issued a resolution calling for the development of an international legally-binding instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction

U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental Affairs (OES)

OES advances U.S. foreign policy goals in such critical areas as climate change, wildlife trafficking, water, polar issues, oceans policy, infectious diseases, science and technology, and more.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - International Affairs

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) International Division works with partners worldwide to conserve fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats, and maintain the integrity of ecological processes beyond USA borders, for present and future generations.  Focusing on species, ecosystems, and emerging and cross cutting issues worldwide, USFWS seeks to ensure international cooperation to conserve habitats and endangered species. The Global Branch focuses on international treaties and conventions; partnerships; cross cutting and emerging issues; communications; and grant programs.

World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC)

Explore key datasets maintained by UNEP-WCMC and find conservation statistics for any country or region.

World Database on Protected Areas

The World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) is the most comprehensive global spatial dataset on marine and terrestrial protected areas available.

Protected areas are internationally recognised as major tools in conserving species and ecosystems. Up to date information on protected areas is essential to enable a wide range of conservation and development activities.

WorldFish Center

The World Fish mission is to reduce poverty and hunger by improving fisheries and aquaculture. We strive to achieve large scale, environmentally sustainable, increases in supply and access to fish at affordable prices for poor consumers in developing countries.

World Heritage in the High Seas: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

World Network of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves (WNICBR)

Established in 2012, the World Network of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves aims to study, implement and disseminate island and coastal strategies to preserve biodiversity and heritage, promote sustainable development, and adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change. It has two technical headquarters (Korea and Spain) which coordinate the network and work together at the global level.

World Ocean Council

The World Ocean Council (WOC) brings together the diverse ocean business community to develop cross-sectoral programs in support of ocean sustainability, science and stewardship. WOC programs are being developed in the following areas, with active international, multi-industry Working Groups underway for many of these issues: 

World Ocean Observatory

World Ocean Observatory

World Ocean Observatory is the leading organization advocating for the health and sustainability of the ocean through an accessible worldwide network of communication. Through education, partnership, information exchange, public connection, and relentless communications, W2O is committed to building an expansive global community of Citizens of the Ocean to promote and conserve marine resources for the future of all mankind.

Tune into World Ocean Radio and World Ocean Video!

World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day is a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future. This site serves as the central coordinating platform for World Oceans Day, with free resources and ideas for everyone – no matter where you live – to help expand the reach and impact of World Oceans Day on June 8 and year round.