Our Work on Marine and Coastal Conservation

From the Canadian Arctic to the southern tip of Mexico, North America is home to an extensive network of Marine Protected Areas. This video sheds light on the vital role MPAs play in sustaining communities, providing recreational experiences, serving as living laboratories, and in conserving important species and their habitats.

Tools and Resources

Webinar on the MPA Toolkit

This webinar guides users through the MPA Climate Adaptation Toolkit and highlights new content to assist practitioners.

Training Module for Climate Adaptation Toolkit

This document guides MPA practitioners through a basic climate adaptation planning process.

NAMPAN website

North American Marine Protected Areas Network (NAMPAN)

NAMPAN is a network of experts from Canada, Mexico, and the United States working to improve marine conservation at the seascape level.

Maps - Blue Carbon

North American Blue Carbon, 2021

The North American Blue Carbon map shows the distribution of salt marsh, mangrove, and seagrass habitats in North America.

Climate Adaptation Toolkit for Marine and Coastal Protected Areas

Climate Adaptation Toolkit for Marine and Coastal Protected Areas

This toolkit was created to make climate adaptation planning simple and feasible for marine protected area managers.

Discover North America’s Marine Protected Areas

MPAs not only help us protect marine life, they also give people an opportunity to connect to nature, serve as living laboratories for scientists working to understand the marine environment, and provide sustainable livelihoods to local communities.


An introduction to the diverse benefits of marine protected areas and the importance of international cooperation to protect North America's shared oceans.

Protecting Marine Life

This short film illustrates how North America's marine protected areas support an incredible variety of marine life and help restore fisheries.

Discovering the Ocean’s Secrets

Marine protected areas are living laboratories for scientists to learn about our oceans, so we can all make better decisions about their and our future.

Sustaining Communities

Marine protected areas help sustain North America’s economy and its coastal communities.

Connecting Us to Nature

Marine protected areas offer beautiful and unique places to explore and enjoy the natural world.

North American Marine Protected Areas Network (NAMPAN)

North American Marine Protected Area Rapid Vulnerability Assessment Tool

Related Publications

Increase Genetic Resilience

An Adaptation Brief

A Guide to Ecological Scorecards for Marine Protected Areas in North America

This guide is an introduction to the use of marine ecological scorecards and condition reports, which are tools for assessing the condition of marine protected...

Marine Ecoregions of North America

A book that celebrates the richness and wealth of our region’s common ocean and coastal...

Marine Priority Conservation Areas

Baja California to the Bering Sea

North America’s Marine Protected Areas

A North American Short Film Series