5 Feb 2020 - SDG Knowledge Hub - This new decade starts at a critical moment for the future of the Ocean. There is strong agreement among experts that decisions taken in the next ten years will be critical for the future of the Ocean. The current ecological crisis demands a radical shift in the way we treat the marine environment, its precious wildlife, and its invaluable natural resources. We are witnessing continued loss of biodiversity, overfishing, habitat destruction, pollution, and many other serious impacts from human activities – all compounded by climate change, Ocean deoxygenation and acidification. The 2019 IPBES ‘Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services’ warns that 66% of the Ocean is experiencing increasing cumulative impacts from human activities and the 2019 IPCC ‘Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate’ highlights the impacts that climate change has already had on our Blue Planet.
2020 has been announced by Ocean advocates as a possible “super-year for the Ocean”, with several opportunities to put the Ocean and seas on a sustainable pathway. At the Marine Regions Forum 2019, over 200 participants from the world’s different marine regions agreed that marine regions have a key role to make this year a success.
The development of regional governance for the conservation and sustainable use of the Ocean is unquestionably a cornerstone of international marine policy.
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