Posted: Thursday, July 9, 2020. 3:37 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: Today, Canada joined the United Kingdom and other countries in the Global Ocean Alliance.
The Alliance’s goal is to advocate with international partners for ambitious ocean action to protect at least 30 percent of the world’s oceans through the establishment of marine protected areas and other effective area-based marine conservation measures by 2030.
Canada is an ocean nation with the longest coastline in the world.
The Canadian Government says that the ocean is a shared resource that requires a global effort to ensure marine conservation.
The Canadian government joins in advocating for international action to increase conservation and protection of our oceans by 2030.
Canada aimed to conserve 10 percent of the country’s marine and coastal areas by 2020 and has already surpassed this goal, reaching nearly 14 percent by August 2019.
Canada is joining the Global Ocean Alliance to help galvanize international efforts towards a 30 percent conservation goal that allows the marine environment and sustainable marine economies to thrive.
“Our oceans provide a wealth of opportunity when approached from the position of sustainability and environmental stewardship. Canada is proud to join the Global Ocean Alliance, working alongside like-minded countries to advocate for our shared vision of sustainable, healthy oceans around the world. We have made exceptional progress on protecting our own waters, and it is time to move the goal post ahead and reach even farther. Canadians expect our government to be a global leader in environmental protection and this partnership is another way we will use our voice, leadership, and resources to protect our oceans and make a difference around the world,” stated Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.
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