We are helping governments to meet their ocean protection commitments
In the last decade, the voice in favour of ocean protection has grown globally, and governments are responding.
In 2010, Governments at the UN Convention on Biological Diversity
meeting agreed to a biodiversity rescue plan, that includes marine protected areas covering at least 10% of our ocean by 2020
In 2015, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution to develop a legally-binding treaty for the conservation of marine life beyond national territorial waters
–that area of the ocean shared by all.
To help government meet their commitments and ensure the ocean continues to provide food and livelihoods for millions of people, the WWF Global Marine Programme:
- helps governments and local communities identify and manage those critical places that are in urgent need for protection in order to secure food security and livelihoods.
- works with fishermen, local communities, and business sectors to implement best practices and sustainable use of marine and coastal resources.
- take part in the global debate around ocean conservation and uses its decades of experience on the water and in policy fora to influence decisions at the highest level.