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Meeting Sweden's MPA target
by Sweden (Government)
Sweden will meet the target for SDG 14.5 and the marine part of the CBD Aichi target 11 within the Swedish territory. Meeting the targets for marine protected areas has been slow and has proved to be challenging. With a decision in December 2016 to designate four new MPAs and expand two existing to suit conservation needs to protect the harbor porpoise Sweden doubled the area of MPAs from 6.7 percent. By the 30th May 13.6 percent of Swedish territorial water and EEZ is protected as MPAs.

In June 2016 The Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management presented the National Action plan for marine protected areas in Sweden. The Action plan states that even if the network reaches above 10 percent, there is still work to be done in order to establish an ecologically representative, well connected and effectively managed network of MPAs in Swedish waters. The Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management will continue to implement the MPA Action plan.

Follow up mechanisms such as monitoring and reporting are provided for in the EU Habitats Directive. As parts of a European regional MPA-network, these sites will help restore and strengthen ecosystem resilience. Increased resilience will help protect ecosystem services and may mitigate adverse effects from global warming and other stressors on the marine environment. The MPA network also contributes to the Helcom MPA network in the Baltic Sea and the Ospar MPA network in the North East Atlantic.

This commitment will have multiple commitments, without end dates, as the MPAs needs monitoring, data collection, reporting and other continuous management measures.
Progress reports
14.5
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
Type of commitment
  • Marine protected area with partial protection
  • Multiple use marine protected area
  • MPA management and/or enforcement
06/2017
Six Marine Protected Areas, of which four are new, was established 16 December 2016. This commitment will have multiple commitments, without end dates, as the MPAs needs monitoring, data collection, reporting and other continuous management measures.
12/20
A Swedish ecologically representative, well connected and effectively managed network of MPAs protecting well above the 10 percent target will be in place which will help restore and strengthen ecosystem resilience, ecosystem services and which will contribute to mitigate adverse effect from global warming and other stressors on the marine environment.
Other, please specify
NA
Basic information
Time-frame: 12/2016 - 12/2020
Partners
Sweden
Ocean Basins
  • North Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Sweden
Other beneficaries
The Swedish MPA network contributes to regional MPA networks in the EU, Helcom and Ospar
Contact information
Jorid Hammersland, Deputy Director, Jorid.hammersland@gov.se, + 46-8-405 4349
Ministry of the Environment and Energy, Sweden
Other SDGs
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