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Strategies for setting up or managing MPAs are today mostly restricted to coastal environments.
Protecting 10% of the oceans by 2020, as prescribed by Aichi Target 11, leads us to take a step back and envision the MPA-creation process at ocean scale. To be able to do so, we must improve science and knowledge on specific habitats, such as the deep sea or the Arctic.
Keeping the global picture in mind is important when creating not only large MPAs but also smallerones, even those planned at local or regional scale.
Specific biomes deserve specific approaches and methods for their conservation. This area tackles the challenge of creating and managing MPAs in deep seas, in pelagic waters and in Polar Regions.