Ocean Action Hub

13 Jun 2019 - SDG 14 and the health of our planet is substantially less likely to be attained if 50% of the population who can help achieve these goals are ignored. Gender must be embedded in all efforts to protect the ocean and engage with it in a sustainable way.

  • Peter Thomson - United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Ocean, United Nations

  • Isabella Lövin - Minister for International Development Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sweden

In the coastal state of Odisha, India, women farmers have turned a crisis into an opportunity.

Cyclones, rising sea levels and increasing water salinity have devastated their communities and turned swaths of fertile ground into wasteland. For years, these women lost income, their health and nutrition suffered, and they found themselves ever more marginalised.

Then, through a development programme focussed on gender, they came up with simple, innovative solutions that helped to transform their communities. Two of these innovations were mangrove nurseries and floating gardens.

Run by women, the mangrove nurseries provided an income through growing trees to rehabilitate forest wetlands. The forests act as natural bio-shields against the tidal surges of severe storms and protect the life and property of coastal communities. Rich in biodiversity, they provide goods and services such as food, materials and aquaculture. They are also powerful carbon sinks, vital for battling climate change.

Continue reading online here: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/06/gender-parity-has-a-huge-role-to-play-in-the-fight-to-save-our-oceans

IMAGE: UNDP India/2014/Prashanth Vishwanathan

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Peter Thomson