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Marine Protected Areas and a new regulatory framework for coastal and ocean in Brazil
by Fundação SOS Mata Atlântica (Civil society organization)
Established in 1986, SOS Mata Atlantica Foundation is a profit and non-governmental organization that promotes the conservation of Brazil most threatened forest and its associated coastal and marine environments by promoting sustainable development and quality of life for human beings. Conserving the natural and cultural heritage of coastal and marine areas of the country summarizes the objective of SOS Mata Atlantica Foundation, which works on strengthening of the National System of Protected Areas and integrated management of marine and coastal ecosystems.

The program has existed since 2006 and directs resources to society through the Atlantic Coast Fund and the Fund for Supporting to Marine Protected Areas. The first is a project that aims to promote the creation and consolidation of Marine Protected Areas and to support initiatives that combine the responsible use of natural resources with the conservation of biodiversity. The second one counts on the participation of diverse donors to guarantee the protection, management and sustainability of MPAs.

Also, to promote awareness and provide knowledge to decision-makers, the Foundation is working to to create a new instrument to regulate the use and conservation of marine and coastal zone. Since 2012, we have worked in partnership with other organizations, and with government to approve a marine bill that would demand a marine spatial planning and a participatory and inclusive process. The development of this policy instrument is a modern and innovative tool which represents a major breakthrough for marine conservation in Brazil.
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
  • Integrated Coastal Management
  • Marine Spatial Planning
  • Large Marine Ecosystem approach
  • Ecosystem-based Adaptation
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
  • Multiple use marine protected area
  • Locally or community managed marine areas
  • MPA management and/or enforcement
Enhance the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in UNCLOS, which provides the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources, as recalled in paragraph 158 of The Future We Want
Type of commitment
  • Activities to raise awareness of the comprehensive legal and policy framework for the sustainable development of oceans and seas, in particular UNCLOS, its Implementing Agreements and other relevant ocean-related instruments and promote their effective im
  • Strengthening ocean governance, for example through the development of a national ocean policy or regional ocean policy
Promote awareness and provide knowledge to decision-makers in order to create a new instrument to regulate the use and conservation of marine and coastal zone
Create and consolidate marine protected areas in Brazil
Staff / Technical expertise
our staff is working closely with decision-makers to raise the importance of building a new bill for ocean and coastal zona in Brazil
Other, please specify
to create and manage funds to consolidate marine protected areas
Staff / Technical expertise
to support marine conservation activitives from other local organizations
Basic information
Time-frame: 2012 January - 2020 January
environmental national NGOs
Ocean Basins
  • South Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Leandra Goncalves, Mrs., goncalvesleandra@gmail.com,
So Paulo, Brazil
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