Marine protected areas contribute to climate change

2022/10/25 Etxebeste Aduriz, Egoitz - Elhuyar Zientzia Iturria: Elhuyar aldizkaria

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Marine protected areas, as well as being a refuge for indigenous fauna and flora, contribute positively to climate change, not least because they accumulate more carbon. This is the conclusion that a group of researchers have come to, as they have published in One Earth magazine.

In order to analyse the potential meteorological benefit of marine protected areas, researchers have reviewed 22,403 research work carried out in 241 marine areas. And they've found that the accumulation of tasks increases significantly in the protected areas. It also increases the biodiversity and reproductive capacity of its inhabitants, as well as the benefits of fishermen. Researchers stress that these benefits are only obtained with a high level of protection and that the longer they are protected, the higher the benefits.