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28/01/21: Protecting 30% of the oceans by 2030
Belgium is honored to spearhead an ambitious group of countries calling for action in 2021 to save our global ocean in the face of climate change and other threats. These countries, known as the “Blue Leaders” are committed to securing a new international target to protect at least 30% of the global ocean through a global network of highly and fully protected marine areas by 2030 (“30x30”) and the successful negotiation of a strong new UN High Seas Treaty. These two actions will give the ocean a fighting chance as we face unprecedented climate and biodiversity crises.
In 2021, the international community will adopt new global biodiversity protection targets. Ambitious new targets are critical to ensuring the health and resilience of the ocean on which humanity depends. Belgium stands firmly behind the science, which is clear: at least 30% of the ocean must protected through a network of fully and highly MPAs by 2030 to maximize the health and resilience of the global ocean.
Fully protected” means that no extractive or destructive activities are allowed and “highly protected” means only light extractive activities, such as subsistence or small-scale fishing with minimal impact, are allowed.
The Blue Leaders campaign has gone virtual during the pandemic, and Belgium welcomes the participation of all countries through videos, photos and letters pledging support for highly/fully protecting 30% of the ocean by 2030 and a strong new high seas treaty.
Blue Leaders who have joined the virtual campaign as of January 2021 include:
Belgium, Chile, Costa Rica, Denmark, Finland, Nigeria, Spain, Sweden. You can find videos from some of our participating Leaders here.
The Blue Leader Countries who participated in the 2019 events include: Belgium, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, France, Germany, Maldives, Micronesia, Monaco, Panama, Peru, Portugal, Sint Maarten, Spain, Sweden.
Belgium is pleased to work with our fellow Blue Leaders as well as our partners, the Natural Resources Defense Council and Mission Blue. We invite all countries to join us in securing the future of our global ocean.
To sign up, please contact Sophie Mirgaux, Belgium’s Special Envoy for the Ocean at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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