LIFE BELOW WATER

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 $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 expansion of protected areas for marine biodiversity and existing policies and treaties that encourage responsible use of ocean resources are still insufficient to combat the adverse effects of overfishing, growing ocean acidification due to climate change and worsening coastal eutrophication. As billions of people depend on oceans for their livelihood and food source and on the transboundary nature of oceans, increased efforts and interventions are needed to conserve and sustainably use ocean resources at all levels.

Member companies & Organizations

Johannas Stadsodlingar

Fisk och grönsaker odlade nära dig Vi på Johannas Stadsodlingar odlar och säljer lokalt odlad fisk, grönsaker och örter. Vi jobbar med ett cirkulärt odlingssystem som kallas för akvaponi. Det gör att vi kan producera det som skall bli din mat, året om, oavsett om det är 30 grader varmt och torka eller 30 grader […]

Star-Oddi

SMALL, RELIABLE DATA LOGGERS FOR LIFE AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE We make small, high performing data loggers for animals and aquatic environments, ranging from short and long term animal research, to oceanographic and quality control studies. Submersible and implantable temperature loggers measuring: temperature, depth (pressure), salinity (conductivity), tilt, activity, heart rate, light and magnetic field strength. […]

Plastic Bank

Plastic Bank is an economic development firm that empowers disenfranchised communities to exchange any type of plastic for currency. Plastic Bank builds and activates recycling infrastructure in the world’s poorest regions. Residents are invited to earn a stable income stream by exchanging plastic material. Ocean-bound plastic is collected and returned for cash, digital currency, healthcare […]