Mapping Legislation for Marine Mammal Protection
Marine mammals are prime sentinel species for oceans and human health.
This said, human activities threaten the survival of marine mammals globally. One-quarter (25%) of marine mammal species are now threatened.
Multiple legislative instruments exist globally with the aim to better protect marine mammal populations.
However, compliance and enforcement of these tools achieve limited or unquantified success in many cases. This is partly due to a lack of accessible and centralized legal information to identify what legal instruments apply to protect marine mammals, and when there has been an infraction or compliance incident, by extension.
© Mike Doherty
WHAT IS PROTEIUS?
PROTEIUS addresses the above-described gap by providing a global mapping tool that centralizes and organizes legal, geographical, and biological information related to marine mammals.
Adapted to meet the needs of a wide target audience - academics, field conservation specialists, scientists, public – users can search for the level of information that fits their interest. Users can instantly identify biological species information, protected marine areas, and the legal measures in place for the protection of marine mammals.
A one-stop-shop for marine mammal conservation, PROTEIUS is also an excellent pedagogical tool - making the information intuitively accessible and understandable for all users. It is open source, available to all users for free.
© Jonas Von Werne
HOW DOES PROTEIUS WORK?
Accessible through a web-based tool and application, users can conduct global searches using 3 different search filters:
Making it easy to find and view biological and legal information, PROTEIUS provides a comprehensive, graphic interface with multiple tabbed menus, and an interactive world map that displays all protected marine areas with precise geographic coordinates. This data is based on the World Database on Protected Areas (Protected Planet), which provides accurate and reliable information on the geographical distribution of MPAs.
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