Online Resources


  • MPA Global
    This is a freely searchable database of the world's MPAs. This website publishes the world's first explicitly marine-focused database of the world's protected areas that have some intertidal and/or subtidal component.


  • MPA News
    An information service on planning and management of MPAs, also from MARE and University of Washington School of Marine Sciences.  MPA News serves the global MPA community with news, views, analysis, and tips gathered from experts around the world.
  • Managing Marine Protected Areas: A toolkit for the western Indian Ocean
    The toolkit is designed to complement and build on the “Regional Training Course in Marine Protected Areas Management in the Western Indian Ocean Region” and a manual entitled “Training for the sustainable management of Marine Protected Areas: A training manual for MPA managers”. The toolkit aims to act as a first point of call in the search for information on issues that MPA managers and practitioners face in day-to-day operations.
  • The Science of Marine Reserves
    These resources provide the latest scientific information about reserves in an understandable and accessible format. They are designed to be used by natural resource managers, government officials, scientists, and the interested public.
  • Marine Protected Areas as a Tool for Fisheries Management
    This web site is part of the programme implemented by Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN for a better understanding of the contribution of MPAs to fisheries management, and the identification and promotion of best practices and integrated approaches to MPAs.


  • The Pacific Islands Marine Protected Areas Community (PIMPAC)
    This is a collaboration of MPA managers, non-governmental organizations, local communities, federal, State, and territorial agencies, and other stakeholders working together to collectively enhance the effective use and management of MPAs in the U.S. Pacific Islands and Freely Associated States.
  • South Asia Co-operative Environment Programme (SACEP)
    South Asia Co-operative Environment Programme (SACEP) is an inter-governmental organization, established in 1982 by the governments of South Asia to promote and support protection, management and enhancement of the environment in the region


  • Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP)
    CEESP contributes to the IUCN Mission by providing insights and expertise on ways to harmonize biodiversity conservation with the crucial socioeconomic and cultural concerns of human communities, such as livelihoods, poverty eradication, development, equity, human rights, cultural identity, security and the fair and effective governance of natural resources.
  • Community Conservation Network (CCN)
    A small organization of highly dedicated conservation practitioners working to help individuals and organizations improve their conservation practice throughout Melanesia, Micronesia, Polynesia and Southeast Asia.
  • IUCN: The World Conservation Union
    The World Conservation Union is the world’s largest and most important conservation network. The Union brings together 83 States, 110 government agencies, more than 800 non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and some 10,000 scientists and experts from 181 countries in a unique worldwide partnership.
  • World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA)
    WCPA is the world's premier network of protected area expertise. It is administered by IUCN's Programme on Protected Areas and has over 1,200 members, spanning 140 countries.
  • Locally-managed Marine Area Network (LMMA)
    The LMMA network website is designed to provide information, lessons and stories from communities that are using a locally-managed marine area approach in the management and conservation of their marine resources. This website is aimed at practitioners, researchers, students, and anyone else interested in marine conservation.
  • Kalpavriksh Environment Action Group
    Kalpavriksh is a non profit organisation working on environmental and social issues. The group began in 1979 with a campaign led by students to save Delhi's Ridge Forest. Its focus areas include Biodiversity Issues, Conservation and Communities, and Environment and Development.


  • Micronesia Conservation Trust (MCT)
    A regional organization chartered under Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) laws to support biodiversity conservation and related sustainable development for the people of Micronesia. The only Micronesia-based organization set up to provide long-term, sustained funding to community-based organizations and other NGOs through a grants programme.