Marine protection – Less than 5% of the world’s marine and coastal areas are currently protected by law, even less is enforced. Yet, the 4th Our Ocean conference created important momentum and progress towards the UN’s 2020-target of 10% protection.
Maritime security is the basis for global trade and prosperity, but it is under threat – from natural disasters, to piracy, trafficking and armed conflict. The EU-led conference secured a significant step toward safer seas.
The blue economy is forecast to double towards 2030, from an estimated €1.3 trillion today. The theme was added by the EU to this year’s edition of the Our Ocean conference to foster stronger synergies between sustainable and circular ocean solutions and economic growth and employment, including in developing, coastal communities.
Sustainable fisheries are a prerequisite for continued access to sufficient, nutritious seafood for coming generations.
Climate change has very direct consequences for the oceans, with rising sea levels and increasing acidification among the most alarming.
The listed commitments are only examples. A full list of the commitments made during Our Ocean 2017 can be found here.