- Canada has joined the United Kingdom and other countries in the Global Ocean Alliance.
- The Alliance’s goal is to advocate with international partners for ambitious ocean action to protect at least 30 per cent of the world’s oceans.
- The protective measures will be through the establishment of marine protected areas and other effective area-based marine conservation measures by 2030.
A recent news release published in the Government of Canada website deals with the new venture of Canada joining the Global Ocean Alliance.
- In 2019, the United Kingdom established the Global Ocean Alliance to support a global 30 per cent conservation target by 2030 at the Convention on Biological Diversity COP 15 in Kunming, China in 2021.
- Including Canada, to date, approximately 22 countries have joined the Alliance: Belgium; Belize; Cabo Verde; Canada; Costa Rica; Croatia; Fiji; Finland; Gabon; Germany; Italy; Kenya; Luxembourg; Monaco; Nigeria; Palau; Portugal; Senegal; Seychelles; Sweden; the United Kingdom; and, Vanuatu.
- Minister Jordan announced Canada will join the Global Ocean Alliance at a marine protection webinar: Protecting the Ocean’s Most Important Places Progress towards protecting 10% of the ocean by 2020 and what comes next? organized by Friends of Ocean Action and the Convention on Biological Diversity.
- Since 2015, the Government of Canada has made huge strides to protect our oceans, conserving nearly 14 per cent of our marine and coastal areas ahead of the 2020 deadline, and exceeding the international commitment to conserve 10 per cent of our oceans by 2020.
- Having achieved 13.81 per cent ocean conservation, we are now moving forward with a goal of conserving 25 per cent by 2025, and are advocating for other countries around the world to set a target of 30 per cent by 2030.
The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
“Our oceans provide a wealth of opportunity when approached from the position of sustainability and environmental stewardship. Canada is proud to join the Global Ocean Alliance, working alongside like-minded countries to advocate for our shared vision of sustainable, healthy oceans around the world.”
The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister Responsible for Parks Canada
“Our government is working together with provinces, territories, Indigenous peoples, environmental organizations and industry to advance conservation on Canada’s lands and waters. Together we have made great progress and achieved the 10 per cent global target for marine conservation ahead of the 2020 commitment.”
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Source: Government of Canada