Marine and Polar

Marine Protected Area Agency Partnership (MPAAP)

The MPAAP is a partnership of MPA Agencies from around the world. Every national MPA agency is invited to participate in this collaborative work. IUCN is an historical partner of the MPAAP and contributes to build this network of Agencies in charge of MPA management, sharing best practices and lessons learnt. IUCN is providing this web space to host the MPAAP official webpages and serve as a reference point for external audiences as well as to facilitate exchanges between members.

MPA Agency Partnership MPAAP logo Photo: MPAAP



About the MPAAP

The Marine Protected Area Agency Partnership (MPAAP) is an informal, high-level venue for senior government officials from national marine protected area (MPA) agencies to discuss common issues and explore opportunities for cooperation. MPAAP members collaborate and share information and best practices related to the management of MPAs, including science and socio-economic benefits.

Tomol ocean crossing - credit Robert Schwemmer / NOAA Tomol ocean crossing - credit Robert Schwemmer / NOAA Photo: credit Robert Schwemmer / NOAA


MPAAP's membership

Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Finland, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Spain, South Africa, the United Kingdom (U.K.), the United States (USA) and IUCN Global Marine and Polar Programme (observer).

Read more about the membership benefits and possible areas for collaboration

See MPAAP Member Country Profiles

Geographical distribution of membership (as of May 2020)

MPA Agency Partnership members map MPA Agency Partnership members map Photo: IUCN/NOAA



Members meetings

MPAAP members meet on the sidelines of other major multilateral events (e.g. IUCN World Conservation Congress, International Marine Protected Area Conference). Secretariat responsibilities rotate annually or biannually among the members. MPAAP’s collective voice delivers a powerful, science-based message on the need to invest in MPAs to protect and promote a healthy ocean – and all the benefits it provides -- for current and future generations.


The current MPAAP Secretariat is represented by NOAA (USA), in coordination with the French Biodiversity Agency (OFB) and the Chilean Ministry of Environment. For further information or to request to join please contact: and/or


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