Marine Protected Areas Conference: The 10X20 Initiative

Rome, 7-10 March 2016

Working within the UN, the Ocean Sanctuary Alliance (OSA) and the Government of Italy have spearheaded the 10X20 Initiative, a plan of action to develop a scientifically-based framework that will assist Member States in achieving the globally agreed commitment to conserve at least 10 percent of coastal and marine areas by the year 2020. 

The 10X20 Initiative's aim is to create a thoughtful, coordinated global network of marine protected areas (MPAs) that achieves the 10 percent target to conserve biodiversity. In addition, the network will enable fisheries to regenerate to sustain food production in an ocean where overfishing and depletion currently prevail. To achieve this objective, Member States working on the 10X20 Initiative will look to generate support for the establishment of MPAs by exchanging knowledge, information and best practices and pursuing advocacy.

Support for this conference was made possible through SPAW via the Italian Directorate General for Development Cooperation (DGCS) funded project, Biodiversity for Sustainable Development in the Caribbean through Ecosystem Based Management (EBM) with the aim to undertake activities which aid to promote the idea for a science panel to support achieving Sustainable Development Goal 14 (SDG 14) which seeks to Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources. 

Partners: UNEP-CAR/RCU and the UNEP Regional Seas Programme in collaboration with the secretariats of the individual Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans.