Is your Marine Protected Area a member of the Global Ocean Refuge System?

Nominate existing marine protected areas for Global Ocean Refuge awards. Sites that demonstrate strong protections for biologically significant areas will earn Global Ocean Refuge status.

We will begin reviewing new nominations in early 2018.

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The Global Ocean Refuge System is an initiative by Marine Conservation Institute designed to catalyze strong protection for at least 30% of the ecosystems in each marine biogeographic region of the world’s oceans, from the tropical seas to the polar oceans and from coastlines to the deepest trenches. You can read more about GLORES here. By becoming a Global Ocean Refuge a marine protected area (MPA) is recognized as providing strong protection that significantly contributes to marine biodiversity conservation and fosters resilience to climate change.

The Global Ocean Refuge System provides a substantial incentive for strong protection by publicly recognizing the outstanding conservation work of communities and managers through awarding Global Ocean Refuge status to marine protected areas (MPAs) that effectively protect critical habitats for marine biodiversity. From the smallest community conservation zone to the largest reserve, all implemented MPAs can be nominated as provisional members of the Global Ocean Refuge System and join the movement to safeguard our seas and the life they contain.

The process of becoming a Global Ocean Refuge will be overseen by an alliance of GLORES partners. A site evaluation report, produced by the GLORES team, will be shared publicly on the GLORES website for comment prior to the final review and adjudication of Global Ocean Refuge status. Once designated, the alliance will work with MPA managers, local citizens, communities, visitors, and investors to further promote and safeguard these sites. Click here to learn more about how GLORES will work after the provisional stage.

The nomination survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete, if you have already compiled the relevant documents. Refer to this list of nomination questions for a preview of the nomination questions. You may save your nomination form at any time and return to it later. Just click the "save & continue later" link at the very top of any nomination form page. Contact [email protected] if you have questions or feedback.

We ask you to submit the following documents, if available, with your nomination:

  • Descriptions of site biodiversity & oceanography (official descriptions, monitoring reports, scientific papers, etc.)
  • Site management plan
  • Documentation of site regulations & enforcement
  • All available geospatial data (boundaries, habitats, regulatory zones, etc.) as printed maps or GIS files
  • Documentation of community engagement in designation and/or management of the site

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