Dr. Dan Laffoley talks about the value of marine protected area as part of a Protected Planet.

Dr. Dan Laffoley is the Principal Author of Chapter 21, Managing marine protected areas, and is the Vice Chair- Marine biome of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas.  He is also the Principal Advisor on Marine Science and Conservation for the IUCN Global Marine and Polar Programme. He currently divides his time between two roles: Vice Chair-Marine for IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) and as Marine Principal Specialist for the Chief Scientist’s Team at Natural England. Dan was elected as Vice Chair in 2006 and led development of a strategic Global Agenda and business plan in 2008. As Marine Principal Specialist in the Chief Scientist’s Team of Natural England, he acts as an internal and external “champion” for marine conservation issues and provides thought leadership across Natural England on such issues. Dan received his PhD in marine ecology at the University of Exeter.