SDG 14 – Life Below Water

Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources.

The world’s oceans – their temperature, composition, currents and life – drive global systems that make the Earth livable for humanity. Rainwater, drinking water, weather, climate, coastlines, much of the food we eat and even the oxygen in the air we breathe are ultimately provided and regulated by the ocean. Throughout history, oceans and seas have been important conduits for trade and transport.

Careful management of this important global resource is an essential part of a sustainable future. Currently, however, there is continuous degradation of coastal waters from pollution. Ocean acidification has a detrimental effect on the functioning of ecosystems and biodiversity. This also has negative consequences for small-scale fisheries.

Protected marine areas must be effectively managed and adequately resourced. Regulations must be put in place to reduce overfishing, marine pollution and ocean acidification.

Did you know?
17% of waters within national jurisdiction are under protection.
That is more than twice as many as in 2010.

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