The Wyss Foundation Commits $108M to Secure Protected Areas in Africa

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Today we celebrate the ocean, a shared resource that covers more than two-thirds of the Earth’s surface, produces 70% of the oxygen we breathe and regulates our climate. Sadly, only about 7% of the ocean is currently under some form of protection and human activities are threatening oceanic health through marine pollution, over fishing and global warming. But a global movement, supported by more than 70 nations, is calling for the protection of 30% of the world’s oceans by 2030, conserving this critical resource for future generations. African Parks is contributing to this goal through the management and protection of @bazaruto_national_park in Mozambique – one of Africa’s oldest and most important marine sanctuaries. The park spans 1,360 km2 with five islands, three of which are inhabited by 5,000 people, and provides refuge for a diverse array of marine species, including the region’s last viable population of dugongs. Together with @anacconservacao, we have implemented effective law enforcement, community development and tourism strategies to help secure a more sustainable future for this incredible park, its people and marine life.

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