The world’s oceans – their temperature, chemistry, currents and life – drive global systems that make the Earth habitable for humankind. Our rainwater, drinking water, weather, climate, coastlines, much of our food, and even the oxygen in the air we breathe, are all ultimately provided and regulated by the sea. Throughout history, oceans and seas have been vital conduits for trade and transportation.
Careful management of this essential global resource is a key feature of a sustainable future. However, at the current time, there is a continuous deterioration of coastal waters owing to pollution and ocean acidification is having an adversarial effect on the functioning of ecosystems and biodiversity.
Marine protected areas need to be effectively managed and well-resourced and regulations need to be put in place to reduce overfishing, marine pollution and ocean acidification.
01 — NO POVERTYSustainable Development Goal
02 — ZERO HUNGERSustainable Development Goal
03 — GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEINGSustainable Development Goal
04 — QUALITY EDUCATIONSustainable Development Goal
05 — GENDER EQUALITYSustainable Development Goal
06 — CLEAN WATER AND SANITATIONSustainable Development Goal
07 — AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGYSustainable Development Goal
08 — DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTHSustainable Development Goal
09 — INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURESustainable Development Goal
10 — REDUCED INEQUALITIESSustainable Development Goal
11 — SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIESSustainable Development Goal
12 — RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTIONSustainable Development Goal
13 — CLIMATE ACTIONSustainable Development Goal
15 — LIFE ON LANDSustainable Development Goal
16 — PEACE, JUSTICE AND STRONG INSTITUTIONSSustainable Development Goal
17 — PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE GOALSSustainable Development Goal