The Blue Park Awards by the Marine Conservation Institute recognize outstanding marine protected areas (MPAs), and the Blue Park criteria provide a science-based standard for marine conservation effectiveness.
2022 nominees have been announced, and all four are coral reef-bearing MPAs:
- Taman Nasional Karimunjawa (Karimunjawa National Park), Indonesia
- Parque Nacional Natural Old Providence and McBean Lagoon (Old Providence and McBean Lagoon Natural National Park), Colombia
- Apo Reef Natural Park, The Philippines
- Kawasan Konservasi Perairan Kepulauan Raja Ampat (Raja Ampat Islands Marine Conservation Area), Indonesia
As part of the nomination process, the Marine Conservation Insitute is welcoming comments from the wider public to help inform their decision. The drafted evaluation reports can be reviewed and comments can be made to help identify strengths and weaknesses in the evaluations, as well as potential missed areas. Comments are welcomed until April 11th 2022.
Learn more about the Nominees and submit your comments here.