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United Nations chief urges governments to commit to conservation of oceans

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Kristine Garrett | 11 June, 2020, 04:53

This World Oceans Day, we must take a moment to reflect on and appreciate all that the ocean does for us.

Usually there are hundreds of events around the world to mark World Oceans Day, from beach clean-ups to festivals featuring conservationists and ocean-themed artwork, but this year's celebrations will take a different form. "The objective of the Day is to inform the public of the impact of human actions on the ocean, develop a worldwide movement of citizens for the ocean, and mobilize and unite the world's population on a project for the sustainable management of the world's oceans", the United Nations notes.

The goal is created to enhancing conservation and the sustainable use of ocean-based resources through worldwide law that will also help mitigate some of the challenges facing the oceans. Many people hold events, seminars, rallies to raise awareness about oceans every year. The oceans absorb the sun's heat, transferring it to the atmosphere, and distributing it around the world.

"The High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy is committed to the transition to a sustainable ocean economy, which is essential for jobs, food security, healthy people and ecosystems, a low-carbon world, equity, and resilience".

In South Africa, MPA's have been selected to protect unique habitats, to preserve intact bioregions that have not been severely affected by human activity, and to provide crucial "safe spaces" for commercially important fish species to recover. Innovation-relating to the introduction of new methods, ideas, or products that can help save this lifeblood.

In January, the Decade of Action and Delivery opened to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): "Protection of marine biodiversity is of essential importance as we progress with the implementation of SDG14", Mohammad-Bande said, referring to the 14th global goal, to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. Increasingly, however, the health of the ocean is intimately tied to our health. 40 million kgs of plastic removed.

The oceans cover two thirds of the Earth's surface and generate nearly all the oxygen we breathe. It is a day to join hands and pledge for making coordinated efforts to protect our oceans from various types of threats. "They are the lungs of our planet, providing most of the oxygen we breathe". They are a critical part of the biosphere and a major source of food and medicine for humans. "Innovating new solutions will only be possible if Black, Brown and Indigenous voices are included in the conversation and simultaneously elevated to influential leadership roles within [the] ocean conservation movement".

The Two Oceans Aquarium believes that one achievement all South Africans can definitely be proud of is the establishment of 42 Marine Protected Areas (MPA's) throughout our territorial waters.

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