THE OCEAN IS THE BEATING HEART OF OUR BLUE PLANET.
THE BLUE LEADERS
The Blue Leaders are an ambitious group of countries calling for urgent action to save the global ocean in the face of the climate crisis, overfishing, pollution, and other threats.
The Blue Leaders are committed to two major goals:
Securing a new international target to protect at least 30% of the global ocean through a network of highly and fully protected marine areas by 2030.
The rapid and successful conclusion of a new High Seas Treaty that provides for establishment of fully and highly protected marine areas in the high seas and strengthens management of human activities outside protected areas.
These two actions will give the ocean a fighting chance as we face unprecedented climate and biodiversity crises.
THE OCEAN IS A KEY LINE OF DEFENSE AGAINST THE CLIMATE CRISIS.
IS YOUR COUNTRY A BLUE LEADER
COMMITTED TO SAVING THE OCEAN?
The Blue Leaders call is based on the latest science, which unequivocally states that fully and highly protected
marine areas deliver the best results for the ocean and are key to maximizing its health and resilience.
THE GROUP OF BLUE LEADERS INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING COUNTRIES:
ONLY 3% OF THE OCEAN IS FULLY PROTECTED FROM DESTRUCTIVE ACTIVITIES.
HIGH AND FULL PROTECTION
The science is clear: at least 30% of the global ocean must be protected through a network of "highly" and "fully" protected Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) by 2030 to maximize the health and resilience of the global ocean.
But what does "highly" and "fully" protected actually mean?
Highly protected means only light extractive activities, such as subsistence or small-scale fishing with minimal impact, are allowed.
Fully protected means that no extractive or destructive activities are allowed.
Belgium is honored to spearhead the ambitious group of Blue Leaders calling for urgent action to save our global ocean in the face of climate change, overfishing, and other threats.
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