The world’s ocean is essential to life on our planet. It provides our largest source of oxygen and protein and absorbs around a quarter of our carbon dioxide emissions. Billions of people depend on it for their livelihoods. Contributing more than 95 per cent of Earth’s living space, it has continuously provided economic resilience for coastal and island states, whilst connecting all nations in global trade.
Yet human activity is increasingly putting the health of this crucial natural resource in peril. Blue ecosystems are being degraded and destroyed at an unprecedented rate and this is not an issue any single country can solve.
Recognising the need for a collaborative approach, the Commonwealth Secretariat has consulted with member countries on a proposal that could turn around the decline in ocean health.
In April this year, the 53 countries of the Commonwealth adopted the Commonwealth Blue Charter, creating a bright blue beacon to guide cooperative action on ocean issues. MORE
People from across the Commonwealth give their views on the state of ocean health and the Commonwealth Blue Charter. MORE