In 2006 The Pew Charitable Trusts and several partners launched the Global Ocean Legacy project in an effort to establish the world’s first generation of great marine parks. After a decade of working with indigenous groups, community leaders, government officials, scientists and other organizations, the project has aided in the creation of nine major marine reserves and has helped safeguard more than 2.4 million square miles (6.3 million square kilometers) of ocean—an area 12 times the size of Central America.
Through its 10 years, the Global Ocean Legacy project has worked to support the announcement and/or designation of:
- Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.
- Pitcairn Islands Marine Reserve.
- Palau National Marine Sanctuary.
- Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument.
- Coral Sea Marine National Park.
- Chagos Marine Reserve.
- Marianas Trench Marine National Monument.
- Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary.
- Easter Island Marine Park.
The efforts of Global Ocean Legacy continue through the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project, a partnership between The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Bertarelli Foundation.
Creation of large marine protected area follows successful demonstration of Project Eyes on the Seas monitoring technology
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Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project Commends Chile’s Declaration of the Rapa Nui (Easter Island) Rahui Marine Protected Area
The Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project applauds the Chilean government’s declaration today of the Rapa Nui (Easter Island) Rahui Marine Protected Area (MPA) to safeguard the waters surrounding the iconic Pacific Ocean island, which is known—as are its inhabitants—as Rapa Nui. Read More
As spring began to thaw the Southern Hemisphere last fall, The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Amelia Connell joined scientists for an Oct. 20-Nov. 8 expedition to explore and study New Zealand’s remote Kermadec region, located in the Pacific Ocean 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) northeast of the nation’s North Island. Read More
A short illustrated book, published in French and English, tells the story of the proposal to create a large, fully protected marine reserve in the waters surrounding French Polynesia’s Austral Islands in the South Pacific Ocean. French artist Benjamin Bécue produced the colorful and playful drawings. Read More
Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy
Pew and the Bertarelli Foundation created a new partnership with the goal of increasing the number of fully protected parks in the sea from nine to 15 by 2022.
From Palau to Easter Island, a visual tour of the major gains in ocean conservation
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