Just two weeks after Barrack Obama announced the world’s largest marine protected area, Papahanaumokuakea, prior to the World Conservation Congress on Hawai’i, the presidents of three nations, Ecuador, Columbia and Costa Rica, agreed on a common huge (1,9 million km2!) marine reserve. All these countries, in particular Costa Rica and Ecuador, are known for its world-leading examples of linking tourism and conservation. The expected benefits of nature-based tourism may have been a driving force in coming to this impressive common decision. Read the full story in the National Geographic News.