July 15, 2010

New Online Map Shows Network of Protection for North America’s Marine Ecosystems

Filed under: marine, North America — inece @ 3:45 pm

The North American Commission on Environmental Cooperation has launched a new online map depicting North America’s nearly 2,000 marine protected areas through Google Earth, offering details about protection status and those responsible to manage the sites.

According to the CEC press release:

A functional network of marine protected areas is crucial for maintaining ecological integrity and protecting migratory species and transboundary habitats. They are also important to help ecosystems recover from or adapt to a wide variety of threats, including pollution from oil spills, overexploitation and rapidly changing environmental conditions.

To explore the CEC’s marine information and view an introductory video, please visit: http://www.cec.org/marine .

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) is an international organization created under the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC) by Canada, Mexico and the United States to address regional environmental concerns, help prevent potential trade and environmental conflicts and promote the effective enforcement of environmental law. NAAEC complements the environmental provisions established in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to which it is a side accord.

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