Development of Marine Protected Area System, Cayman Islands

Impact Summary for the General Public

A change in Government policy to approve the expansion of Marine Protected Areas in the UK Overseas Territory of the Cayman Islands increased the ‘no-take’ areas of protection from 14% of coastal waters to 48%. This exceeds the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Aichi Biodiversity Target 11 for 10% of coastal and marine areas, and Caribbean Challenge Initiative of 20%, and fulfils the call made by the UK at the UN General Assembly 2018 for governments to designate 30% of oceans as Marine Protected Areas by 2030. It also comes close to achieving the target of 50% protection by 2050, to be proposed at the CBD in China 2020

Category of impact

  • Societal