What are marine protected areas?
Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are a clearly defined geographical
space, recognised, dedicated and managed, through legal
or other effective means, to achieve the long-term conservation of
nature with associated ecosystem services and cultural values.
Our shared goal
The UK is committed to making its contribution to a well-managed
network of MPAs in the North-east Atlantic. This network
of MPAs will help meet commitments under the Convention on Biological Diversity and
contribute to the measures needed to achieve Good Environmental
Status across Europe’s seas by 2020 under the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive.
JNCC is responsible for identifying and providing conservation advice on MPAs in UK offshore
waters. Our role includes providing advice to the UK Government and
the devolved administrations on marine Special Areas of
Conservation (SACs), marine Special Protection Areas (SPAs), Marine
Conservation Zones (MCZs) and Nature Conservation MPAs
We use the best available evidence to develop
our conservation advice for each site, undertaking survey, monitoring and assessment work
so our advice reflects any changes in the ecological condition of
the site or its features. We also provide advice to Public
Authorities and sea users on activities in the marine environment.
We work collaboratively with the other Statutory Nature
Conservation Bodies and the UK Government and the Devolved
Administrations in the UK, particularly when providing advice on
MPAs that fall within both territorial and offshore waters. We also
assist UK Government in liaising with European Union
Member States over the management of sites whose boundaries are
next to protected sites in their waters.