The United States, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Panama sign a Memorandum of Understanding in support of the Eastern Tropical Pacific Marine Corridor (CMAR)

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Today, on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas, Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and Environment Jose Fernandez, Civilian Assistant to the Commander and Foreign Policy Advisor, US Southern Command Jean Manes, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere International Narcotics Bureau and Law Enforcement Programs Heidi Fulton, United States Ambassador to Costa Rica Cynthia Telles, Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs Marta Lucia Ramirez and Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development Carlos Correa (Colombia), Minister of Foreign Affairs Arnoldo Andre Tinoco (Costa Rica), Minister of Foreign Affairs Juan Carlos Holguin and Minister of Environment, Water and Ecological Transition Gustavo Manrique Miranda (Ecuador) and Foreign Minister Erika Mouynes (Panama) signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the Eastern Tropical Pacific Marine Corridor (CMAR) .

CMAR is an unprecedented regional ocean conservation effort that spans more than 500,000 square kilometers, covering one of the most productive and biologically diverse areas of the ocean. It is also home to the world-famous Cocos, Coiba, Galápagos, Gorgona and Malpelo Islands, home to unique and vulnerable habitats and home to a rich diversity of flora and fauna. The region is widely recognized as one of the most important areas for the protection, conservation and management of biodiversity in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean.

Under the Memorandum of Understanding, the United States and CMAR nations will work together to strengthen marine governance, maritime security, and marine conservation funding, contribute to the goal of effectively conserving or protecting at least 30% of the world’s ocean by 2030, and preserve the migratory routes of sea turtles, whales, sharks and rays. The United States and CMAR nations will also work together to address challenges that threaten CMAR, including illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing, and to protect marine biodiversity and other ocean resources from the impacts of climate change.

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