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Coral Reef MPAs of East Asia and Micronesia

Coral Reef MPA DVD-ROM
Coral Reef MPA DVD-ROM

ReefGIS Map
ReefGIS Map

MPA Global
MPA Global

Duration: 01 Oct 2005 – 30 Jun 2007
Donor: Ministry of the Environment, Japan (MoE)
Partners: Ministry of the Environment, Japan (MoE),
Japan Wildlife Research Center (JWRC),
MPA Global,
The WorldFish Center
Website: http://www.reefbase.org/key_topics/coralreefmpas.aspx


The "Coral Reef MPAs of East Asia and Micronesia" project is a collaborative effort between The WorldFish Center (ReefBase Project) and Japan Wildlife Research Center (JWRC), and funded by the Ministry of the Environment, Japan, as part of the Japan-Palau ICRI secretariat Plan of Action for 2005 -2007.

The WorldFish Center and JWRC are both non-profit organizations, and we are undertaking this project for non-commercial free distribution within the East Asian and Micronesian regions.

Project Objectives

  • To update existing MPA information that is currently on MPA Global, including updating MPA boundary information

  • To capture additional specific information on MPAs with Coral Reefs

  • To produce a stand-alone DVD-ROM with MPA information and GIS maps for free distribution

  • To produce a dedicated website for the "MPAs of East Asia and Micronesia" with MPA information and GIS maps

The MPA information for East Asia and Micronesia was obtained from MPA Global / UNEP-WCMC. The MPA data were reviewed and updated according to input from partners in the region. All updated and additional information will be feedback to MPA Global / UNEP-WCMC.


Developed Ms Excel workbooks for the MPA Global (http//www.mpaglobal.org) data for the MPAs of each country in East Asia and Micronesia - any new or addtion MPA information was also included. The Ms Excel workbooks provide a user friendly interface for data entry and update.

Reviewed and updated the information about MPAs within East Asia and Micronesia available throught the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA), and also available online on MPA Global.

Developed an interactive Coral Reef MPA DVD-ROM for distribution among network partners, containing the MPA site data, summary report, GIS map (which includes MPA shapefiles from WDPA), photos and digital publications relevant to MPA and coral reef management.

Developed an interactive map showing MPA sites in ReefGIS, ReefBase's online Geographic Information System. This map provides a visual, geographic display of MPAs that have coral reefs ecology. Polygons layer may select visible to display the extent for a number of MPAs.
See: ReefBase Online GIS, ReefGIS
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