12 Sep '17, 11pm

Chile Just Created One of the Largest Marine Protected Areas on Earth #care2

Chile Just Created One of the Largest Marine Protected Areas on Earth #care2

Finally, there’s some good environmental news to celebrate: One of the earth’s largest Marine Protected Areas (MPA) was just created off the coast of Easter Island. Easter Island is a small island located more than 2,000 miles off the coast of South America that’s otherwise known as Rapa Nui, as are the indigineous people who call it home. Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet announced the designation at the Fourth International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC4), which was held in Valpairaso, Chile. “The government of Chile believes that public participation leads to better policy with a deeper connection to those who are affected, and we were committed to consultation with the Rapa Nui,” said Marcelo Mena, Chile’s minister of the environment. “That resulted in a vote to approve this marine protected area, limiting extractive techniques to those that are traditional ...

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