Enhancing the Climate Readiness of MPAs: Assessing the climate resilience and mitigation potential of MPAs

Host: US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Location: Side Event Room 8 - Btaches 68

MPAs provide important climate services for both mitigation and adaptation. By protecting and restoring carbon-storing habitats and processes, such as mangroves, salt marshes, seagrasses, and kelp, MPAs preserve vital reservoirs that keep carbon out of the atmosphere. MPAs also support adaptation by protecting vulnerable shorelines, protecting climate refugia, reducing non-climate stressors, and providing species “safe landing places” as their distributions shift. During this event, the United States and partners will announce the development of a climate-focused international assessment tool for MPAs. The tool will focus on components of mitigation, adaptation, and resilience, and it will help identify opportunities to enhance an MPA’s climate readiness. Panelists will discuss the utility of a climate-focused assessment tool, global and regional needs, and how this tool can help direct effective aid. Analyzing and enhancing the climate readiness of MPAs is critical to ensuring that they continue to provide vital services for the long-term.