United Nations
Global Ocean Refuge System
by Marine Conservation Biology Institute (Non-governmental organization (NGO))
The Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) is a strategic initiative that provides an incentive structure to improve the quality of marine protected areas (MPAs) around the world and accelerate implementation. GLORES uses up-to-date science to set high standards that safeguard marine biodiversity and recover depleted populations of marine wildlife. Marine protected areas that meet these science-based standards will receive GLORES awards. These awards will attract tourists and investors, and bring a sense of pride to political leaders, managers, and communities. The strategic framework that GLORES creates will ensure representation and replication of habitats in every biogeographic region of the ocean. GLORES is designed to support marine protected area efforts from small to large, from the tropics to the polar latitudes, and complements and builds on the advocacy efforts of conservation groups working to implement effective protected areas.
Progress reports
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
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
  • No take marine protected area
  • Marine protected area with partial protection
  • MPA management and/or enforcement
By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
Type of commitment
  • Economic benefits from sustainable tourism
September 2017
Announcement of first 5 Marine Protected Areas meeting Global Ocean Refuge System Criteria
September 2018
Announcement of an additional 5-10 Global Ocean Refuges
September 2019
Announcement of an additional 5-10 Global Ocean Refuges
September 2020
Announcement of an additional 10-15 Global Ocean Refuges
Staff / Technical expertise
Assistance with improved conservation effectiveness of protected areas
In-kind contribution
Management of the program and support for GLORES awarded sites
Basic information
Time-frame: September 2016 - December 2020
Mission Blue, Non-governmental organization (NGO)
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Lance Morgan, President, lance.morgan@marine-conservation.org, +1 707-531-7643
Seattle, Washington, USA
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