Prime Minister Erna Solberg and 13 other world leaders promise 100% sustainable marine management by 2025.
“The sea’s resources are both overtaxed and underestimated. This is not sustainable, and the nations of the world must cooperate better to ensure clean and productive seas,” Prime Minister Erna Solberg (H) noted in a press release.
The 14 countries on the sea panel are Australia, Canada, Chile, Fiji, Ghana, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Namibia, Norway, Palau, and Portugal.
These countries represent 30% of the world’s economic zones at sea.
Planned and sustainable maritime management
The new promise means that the members of the sea panel commit to a planned, sustainable management of 100% of their own sea and coastal areas by 2025.
That means that close to 40% of the world’s coastlines and 30% of the exclusive economic zones will be subject to comprehensive management plans within five years.
At the same time, the group encourages other coastal states to ensure the same by 2030.
In Norway, the government will follow up on the promise with a report to the Norwegian parliament (Storting) on maritime protected areas during the spring of 2021.
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