Chagos represents a rare and iconic surviving example of nature, as it should be–a place spared environmental degradation and impoverishment such as the wider Indian Ocean has suffered severely in recent decades. The MPA will ensure that the Chagos remains one of the healthiest tropical reef and marine systems on the planet, able to enrich the ocean around with the fish and other ecological services on which millions of people depend. The Chagos MPA will greatly benefit from wider public awareness about its importance against the background of the tide of destruction of world oceans. It will also need practical and financial support for conservation and scientific projects. The Trust will support any project that helps to preserve the natural diversity found within the archipelago.
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