The Nature Conservancy and global partners, with support from Mary Kay Inc., hold gathering on improving marine protected areas at the United Nations Ocean Conference


The United Nations Ocean Conference 2022 took place in Lisbon, Portugal from June 27th to July 1st and brought together more than 5,000 participants including global leaders, entrepreneurs, youth, influencers and academics. The conference aimed to support these stakeholders to find science-based innovations and solutions to respond to a multidimensional marine crisis caused by climate change, overfishing, habitat loss and pollution.

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The Nature Conservancy (TNC), with the support of Mary Kay Inc., hosted an event in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the Government of Ecuador, the Jocotoco Foundation, the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands, Re:wild and the Marine Conservation Institute.

TNC and UNEP moderated the event, emphasizing the critical importance of ensuring high-quality Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) by improving governance, effective management and climate resilience, and the important role of communities, NGOs , governments, philanthropy, the private sector and cross-sector collaborations towards effective MPAs.

The event stood out at the conference for emphasizing the need to improve management of existing sites rather than encourage the establishment of new protected areas. With less than 3% of MPAs currently managed effectively, the effectiveness of these conservation measures is critical to realizing the potential for conservation and livelihood preservation.

dr TNC’s Lizzie Mcleod said, “Effective management is the foundation for achieving the 30×30 commitments – a campaign to protect 30 percent of the world’s oceans by 2030. With support from Mary Kay, TNC, UNEP and other partners, we are developing tools for ocean managers to to improve marine governance, support sustainable finance and guide marine habitat restoration. By leveraging innovation, emerging technologies and global best practices, ocean managers will be better equipped to manage the greatest threats to our oceans.”

“MPAs are key to ocean health and sustainable development. However, they are not always effective without a number of tools. Decision support tools that enable better design and management of MPAs, knowledge sharing and collaboration are needed to give ocean stakeholders the support they need to better protect the oceans,” said Ole Vestergaard, program officer in the Marine, Coastal and Freshwater Ecosystems Division of the Department for Environmental Policy Implementation at UNEP.

“Mary Kay founder, Mary Kay Ash, believed that there are three kinds of people in this world: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who wonder what happened,” said Deborah Gibbins, Mary Kay’s chief operating officer. “We are honored to work with the first kind of people to develop the tools and resources needed to protect our oceans for generations to come.”

If we are to protect and restore marine and coastal ecosystems, revitalize marine systems, and secure our current livelihoods and humanity’s future, we must improve the effectiveness of marine protected areas in meeting their conservation and sustainability goals while accelerating MPA coverage.

Über The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to preserving the land and water on which all life depends. Led by science, we create innovative, down-to-earth solutions to the world’s toughest challenges, allowing nature and people to thrive together. We combat climate change, protect land, water and oceans on an unprecedented scale, ensure sustainable food and water supplies and help make cities more sustainable. Working in 79 countries and regions, we take a collaborative approach that involves local communities, governments, the private sector and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on twitter.

About the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)

The UNEP is the leading international voice on the environment. It provides leadership and fosters environmental partnerships by inspiring, informing and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.

About Mary Kay Inc.

As one of the first women to break the glass ceiling in business, Mary Kay Ash founded her dream beauty company in 1963 with a single goal: to enrich the lives of women. That dream has grown into a multi-billion dollar company with millions of independent sales representatives in nearly 40 countries. As a company that promotes entrepreneurship, Mary Kay is committed to empowering women on their journey through education, mentoring, advocacy, networking and innovation. Mary Kay invests in the science behind beauty and creates innovative skin care products, color cosmetics, nutritional supplements and fragrances. Mary Kay is committed to enriching life today for a sustainable future, and works with organizations around the world dedicated to promoting entrepreneurial excellence, supporting cancer research, advancing gender equality, the protecting survivors of domestic violence, beautifying our communities and encouraging children to follow their dreams. Learn more at marykayglobal.comvisit us on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn or follow us Twitter.

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