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Linking MPAs is key to developing a global conservation strategy and meeting ecological objectives more effectively and more comprehensively than through individual sites alone. The notion of MPA networks reflects the high interconnection of marine ecosystems and the long range of migratory species.
MPA networks can be conceived from various perspectives, ranging from the ecosystem approach based on connectivity issues to broader human approaches relying on Marine Spatial Planning. In keeping with Aichi Target 11, it is important that MPA networks be planned with the global picture in mind.
Planners must keep in mind the global context in which they are working, dominated by the menace of climate change.