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Draft framework for developing the National System of Marine Protected Areas
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    Framework for developing the National System of Marine Protected Areas
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    I. Summary -- II. For more information and to submit comments -- III. Introduction -- IV. Existing U.S. MPA programs, federal MPA initiatives, tribal and international efforts -- V. Rationale for and benefits of an effective National System of MPAs -- VI. Goals, objectives and key definitions for the National System of MPAs -- VII. Developing the National System of MPAs -- VIII. The official list of MPAs -- IX. Implementing the MPA Executive Order Section 5. "Agency Responsibilities" -- X. Evaluating the effectiveness of the National System of MPAs -- XI. Tracking and reporting National System progress and priorities -- XII. Glossary of key terms -- XIII. Administrative and national policy requirements -- XIV. Appendices: Appendix A. Collaborative planning for the draft framework for developing National System of MPAs -- Appendix B. MPA Federal Advisory Committee and ex officio members -- Appendix C. Acronyms and abbreviations used -- Appendix D. Draft environmental assessment.

    Draft framework for developing a national system of MPAs, developed to meet requirements under Executive Order 13158 on Marine Protected Areas. The draft framework provides guidance for collaborative efforts among federal, state, tribal and local governments and MPA stakeholders to develop an effective national system of MPAs from existing sites, enhance MPA coordination and stewardship, and identify ecosystem-based gaps in the protection of important marine natural and cultural resources for possible future action by governmental MPA programs. The framework also provides guiding principles, key definitions, goals, and objectives for the national system.

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