Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
Oceans, along with coastal and marine resources, play an essential role in human well-being and social and economic development worldwide. They are particularly crucial for people living in coastal communities, who represented 37 per cent of the global population in 2010. Oceans provide livelihoods and tourism benefits, as well as subsistence and income. They also help regulate the global ecosystem by absorbing heat and carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and protecting coastal areas from flooding and erosion. In fact, coastal and marine resources contribute an estimated USD 28 trillion to the global economy each year through ecosystem services. However, those resources are extremely vulnerable to environmental degradation, overfishing, climate change and pollution. The sustainable use and preservation of marine and coastal ecosystems and their biological diversity is essential to achieving the 2030 Agenda, in particular for small island developing States.
The Nor-Shipping Conference set ocean leadership on the agenda. In Oslo the Ocean Solutions Festival will focus on sustainable development in the ocean, and we aim to explore digital solutions for ocean health in the Think Thanks in the Blue Economy hall. Both the Young Entrepreneur Award and the [email protected] programme is connected to SDG 14.
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