Development of Marine Protected Area System, Cayman Islands

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Impact Summary for the General Public

Change in Government policy (approved March 2019) driven by societal support of scientific evidence gathered by Bangor University to expand Marine Protected Areas in the UK Overseas Territory of the Cayman Islands. The area of no-take protection was increased from 14% of coastal waters to 45.2%, exceeding the Convention on Biological Diversity* target of 10% protection of coastal and marine areas by 2020. Further it 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 and piloted good practice for the Caribbean region.

Category of impact

  • Environmental