The island of Gyaros, in the Northern Cyclades island complex at the Aegean Sea of Greece, hosts a rare colony of the critically endangered Mediterranean monk seals and a number of unique marine habitats and species. It is an area that local fishermen consider as appropriate for the creation of a marine protected area (MPA). Gyaros serves as a laboratory for the design, establishment and management of a new MPA.
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The Mbé River watershed is one of the most biologically diverse sites in Central Africa. It is also Gabon’s most economically important watershed, providing electricity for 60% of the country’s population and providing other ecosystem services such as regulating water flows, carbon sequestration, and biodiversity. These services are presently provided free of charge. The Mbé watershed ecosystem and its biodiversity face a series of growing threats, most notably unregulated hunting, unregulated mining and unsustainable logging.