Biodiversity Submit to this double Special Issue on: Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)


Are you interested in guiding and shaping the strategic efforts to protect our marine and coastal areas?

The Editor of Biodiversity – a Journal of Life on Earth invites you to submit your manuscript to this double special issue on the science of the Marine Protected Areas selection processes and experiences gained from current establishment and management approcaches.

Contributions to this Special Issue will serve as useful guidance to the agencies currently leading efforts to identify and protect their own marine and coastal protected areas.

Details of the special issue: 

As part of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, agreed by many countries in the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, commitments have been made for ‘coastal’ nations to protect 10 percent of coastal and marine areas by 2020.

With 2020 fast approaching, many costal nations are accelerating efforts to identify and designate marine and coastal protected areas.  The selection process for protection of most marine and coastal regions is challenged by a sufficient lack of data, necessitating the need for the latest and most effective technologies and approaches in protected area selection.

The above is merely a guide and other related subjects to Marine Protected Areas will also be considered.

Forum & On the Ground pieces 

We also greatly encourage publication/book reviews, opinion pieces, ‘Forum’ and ‘On the Ground’ pieces.

Opinion pieces can be as formal or informal in style and the word count can range from 500 - 3,500 words. References are optional and opinion articles are  not peer-reviewed.

An ‘On the Ground’ piece is a personal account from Biodiversity practitioners working in the field, sharing their experiences and insights. The word count can range from 500 - 3,500 words and references are optional.

Instructions for Authors

Please send the title/working title of the manuscript/opinion piece/book review you plan to submit (or any general inquiries) to Vanessa Reid by 2nd March 2018 (

Please submit all content in Times New Roman 12pt to Biodiversity’s Managing Editor by 20th March 2018.

This special issue will be published in May/June 2018 both in print and electronic edition.

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