As governments meet at the UN to negotiate towards an historic Global Ocean Treaty, a groundbreaking study by leading marine biologists has mapped out how to protect over a third of the world’s oceans by 2030, a target that scientists say is crucial in order to safeguard wildlife and to help mitigate the impacts of climate change.
The report, 30×30: A Blueprint For Ocean Protection (see executive summary and full report), is the result of a year-long collaboration between leading academics at the University of York, University of Oxford and Greenpeace.  In one of the largest ever studies of its kind, researchers broke down the global oceans – which cover almost half the planet – into 25,000 squares of 100×100 km, and then mapped the distribution of 458 different conservation features, including wildlife, habitats and key oceanographic features, generating hundreds of scenarios for what a planet-wide network of ocean sanctuaries, free from harmful human activity, could look like.
Executive Summary: www.greenpeace.org/30x30brief
Global Ocean Treaty briefings:
For more information, see: Protect the Global Oceans: Why We Need a Global Ocean Treaty
For a detailed policy briefing see here.