Oceans and seas support livelihoods, enhance food security, provide oxygen and water and represent a critical greenhouse gas sink. However, marine – and land-based activities affect marine and coastal ecosystems and continue to compromise ocean health. Sustainable Development Goal 14 (“Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources”) proposes to address directly this problem. The fertilizer industry is fully cognisant of its role and responsibility and took part in the UN World Ocean Conference on 5-9 June 2017 in New York.
During the Conference, one of the main topics of discussion was how to scale up action to protect oceans, with a widespread consensus on the need for new partnerships and increased community involvement.
Another important outcome of the Conference was the adoption by consensus of the intergovernmentally agreed declaration entitled “Our ocean, our future: call for action”. The document calls on stakeholders to urgently adopt actions to conserve ocean health, among them: “Actions to prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, including marine debris, nutrient pollution, untreated wastewater, solid waste discharges, hazardous substances, pollution from ships, abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded fishing gear, and plastics and microplastics”. Read the “Call for Action” here.
IFA illustrated on this occasion a selection of actions to combat ocean pollution through its new Agenda 2030 Series paper on “Plant Nutrients and Ocean Health”, available for download here. Among the list of stakeholders, IFA is engaging with to address Goal 14, are Aquafed and the World Oceans Council.
Head to our expert blog to read more about the World Oceans Council, from its CEO and Founding President Paul Holthus.