Recently, UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) is proud to launch the revamped Ocean+ Habitats platform on World Ocean’s Day 2021.
About Ocean+ Habitats
- The platform Ocean+ Habitats was developed to provide information on the location and distribution of key marine and coastal habitats, as well as track the global conservation status of these habitats.
- This iteration of the platform will provide global and national statistics on warm- and cold-water corals, saltmarshes, mangroves and seagrass habitats around the world, and connect them with the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) to illustrate where each habitat overlaps with the global protected area network, therefore highlighting new priority areas for protection.
- Additionally, the conservation status of habitat-providing species will be highlighted with data from the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, providing an overview of the extinction risk faced by important marine species.
- Ocean+ Habitats aims to assist with tracking progress towards multiple targets in the current Aichi and emerging post-2020 targets of the Convention on Biological Diversity, in which marine and coastal areas will play a major role.
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