"When the heads of state of 14 nations sat down together in late 2018 to
discuss the grim condition of the world’s oceans, there was no certainty
that anything consequential would result. The leaders planned 14
gatherings, but met only twice before the pandemic upended their talks.
So when the group announced this week the world’s most far-reaching pact
to protect and sustain ocean health, it signalled rather more than a
noteworthy achievement in a complicated time. The agreement, negotiated
via the nuance-free tool of video conferencing, also offered hope of a
renewed era of global accord on climate, where issues grounded in
science might finally trump political posturing.
Overall, the 14 leaders agreed to sustainably manage 100 percent of the
oceans under their national jurisdictions by 2025—an area of ocean
roughly the size of Africa. Additionally, they vowed to set aside 30
percent of the seas as marine protected areas by 2030, in keeping with
the United Nations’ campaign known as “30 by 30.”
Both of those large commitments, the leaders say, will help end
overfishing and illegal fishing, rebuild declining fish stocks, halt the
flow of plastic waste into the seas, and clean up “dead zones” created
by runoff from farm waste."
Via Con Zymaris on LinkedIn.
*** Xanni ***
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