The WCS Marine Protected Area Fund (MPA Fund) is dedicated to preserving the most critical marine ecosystems on Earth. MPAs have proven to be an effective tool to protect and conserve marine biodiversity. With an active presence in 40 coastal countries, WCS is uniquely positioned to assist nations establish new marine protected areas and significantly advance conservation of the world’s marine resources. The $15 million WCS MPA Fund, launched in 2016, channels resources toward the expansion and establishment of MPAs across the world’s oceans. With this support WCS has been working with 23 countries to increase the marine and coastal area under protection to our goal of one million square kilometers.