Using our oceans sustainably

We are working for agreements and policies that protect sensitive marine habitats and wildlife from tourism, shipping, oil and gas development, sea bed mining and aquaculture.

Working for low-impact solutions

WWF is not against people using the oceans and their many resources.

But we believe this use must be sustainable and must not damage marine ecosystems - particularly those within or near Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

Our Global Marine Programme is working to ensure that policies and mechanisms are put in place that clearly and specifically protect sensitive marine habitats or wildlife from key human activities:
Such policies can be made by international and regional fora, governments, industry, and/or communities.

The work includes:
  • using scientific information to make the case for establishing best practices and frameworks which avoid/mitigate environmental risk for key industries.
  • establishing no-go areas or strictly regulated zones for sensitive marine habitats most under threat from these industries.
 / ©: Michel Gunther / WWF
Local communities at Cirali, located on one of the most untouched areas of Turkey's Mediterranean coast, worked with WWF to implement sustainable, low-impact tourism.
© Michel Gunther / WWF

What's the problem?

The oceans offer a huge range of useful resources and services to people. But our careless, unsustainable use of these is putting sensitive marine habitats and species at risk. Find out more...

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