About MPA Atlas of BOBLME
The MPA Atlas of BOBLME is an interactive online database portal storing and providing
access to up to date inventory of MPAs relevant to the Bay of Bengal LME to a wider
MPA community of practitioner (managers, researcher, policy makers, etc). Other
information in this portal includes reports, review, case studies, scientific articles,
This is a collaboration project between WorldFish and BOBLME Project funded by FAO.
This portal was produced as part of the ongoing UN FAO’s Bay of Bengal LME Ecosystem
Programme. The programme is a regional initiative among the BOBLME countries. Maldives,
India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia, have declared
their willingness to work together through the Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem
(BOBLME) Project and lay the foundations for a coordinated programme of action designed
to improve the lives of the coastal populations through improved regional management
of the Bay of Bengal environment and its fisheries.
This project was an output from the “Status of Marine Protected Area and Fish Refugia
in the Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem” workshop where the major recommendation
was to establish a BOBLME MPA learning network to facilitate communication among
MPA practitioners and help in the diffusion of innovative practices. The finding
and output from the workshop are visualized in this portal and will be a contribution
to improved knowledge management for the governance of the marine protected areas
in the Bay of Bengal.