Sense of Place

PROTECTING ICONIC SPECIES AND SPECIAL PLACES


This goal measures the condition of iconic species and percent of coastline protected to indicate some of ocean’s intangible benefits. 

Iconic species and protected places symbolize the cultural, spiritual and aesthetic benefits that people value for a region.


Global Goal Score

67

Likely Future State

+
9
%

Ocean Region Rankings


*The estimate of a goal’s likely near-term future status is a function
of four dimensions: Status, Trend, Pressure, and Resilience.


Sub-Goals

This goal contains two sub-goals.  Sense of Place measures the condition of culturally iconic species and the percentage of protected places within a country.


Select a sub goal
to learn more
  • Iconic Species

    Global Goal Score

    71

    Likely Future State

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    9
    %

    *The estimate of a goal’s likely near-term future status is a function of four dimensions: Status, Trend, Pressure, and Resilience.


    What Does This Score Mean?

    The reference point for Iconic Species is that all relevant marine species are categorized as “least concern.” Least concern means that a species has been assessed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) or Global Marine Species Assessment (GMSA) and is not endangered, threatened, vulnerable or at risk of extinction.

    A high score indicates that few to none of the iconic species in a country’s EEZ have been categorized by the IUCN as endangered, threatened or vulnerable. A low score indicates that many are in those categories.

    Current Score

    The current score indicates that iconic marine species are not as well protected as possible. Substantial conservation efforts will be required in order to improve the status of many iconic species that call the ocean home.

    Some iconic species, such as baleen whales, have been successfully protected, and a number of small whales and dolphins, birds, fish, sea turtles and others have been protected in specific regions. Subsequent growth of these populations suggests that similar efforts could result in substantial improvements to this sub-goal score.

    71


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    What Make Certain Marine Species Iconic?
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    How Is It Measured?

    Each goal is evaluated on the basis of four dimensions
    Present Status

    Present Status is a goal's current value (based on the most recent available data) compared to a reference point.

    Trend

    Trend is the average percent change in the present status for the most recent 5 years of data.

    Pressures

    Pressures are the sum of the ecological and social pressures that negatively affect scores for a goal.

    Resilience

    Resilience is the sum of the ecological factors and social initiatives (policies, laws, etc) that can positively affect scores for a goal by reducing or eliminating pressures.


    Pressures

    Pressures are human-caused stressors that influence both ecological and social systems, negatively affecting the ability of a goal to deliver its benefits to people.


    Status

    Status refers to the current value of a goal relative to its goal-specific reference point. The reference point is the best condition for a goal that can reasonably be achieved; it is a target to aim for when taking actions to improve ocean health.


    Resilience

    Resilience refers to the social, institutional, and ecological factors that positively affect the ability of a goal to deliver its benefits to people.



  • Lasting Special Places

    Global Goal Score

    53

    Likely Future State

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    8
    %

    *The estimate of a goal’s likely near-term future status is a function of four dimensions: Status, Trend, Pressure, and Resilience.


    What Does This Score Mean?

    The reference point for Lasting Special Places is for a country protecting 30% of its coastal waters out to 3 nautical miles (nmi), as well as 30% of the strip of its shoreline extending from the high tide line to 1 km inland.

    A high score indicates that a country is protecting at least the maximum global value for protected coastal areas. A score of zero would indicate that Special Places are not at all protected.

    Current Score

    The current score indicates that regions are far from achieving the reference point. Much more must be done to protect locations that contribute to Sense of Place and marine-related cultural identity.

    53


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    How Can Special Places Be Protected & Preserved?
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    How Is It Measured?

    Each goal is evaluated on the basis of four dimensions
    Present Status

    Present Status is a goal's current value (based on the most recent available data) compared to a reference point.

    Trend

    Trend is the average percent change in the present status for the most recent 5 years of data.

    Pressures

    Pressures are the sum of the ecological and social pressures that negatively affect scores for a goal.

    Resilience

    Resilience is the sum of the ecological factors and social initiatives (policies, laws, etc) that can positively affect scores for a goal by reducing or eliminating pressures.


    Pressures

    Pressures are human-caused stressors that influence both ecological and social systems, negatively affecting the ability of a goal to deliver its benefits to people.


    Status

    Status refers to the current value of a goal relative to its goal-specific reference point. The reference point is the best condition for a goal that can reasonably be achieved; it is a target to aim for when taking actions to improve ocean health.


    Resilience

    Resilience refers to the social, institutional, and ecological factors that positively affect the ability of a goal to deliver its benefits to people.



    References






PHOTO(S): © Keith A. Ellenbogen
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