Sustainable Development Goal 14. Life under water

Objective 14: Conservation and sustainable use of the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

The ocean drives global systems that make the Earth habitable. Our rainwater, drinking water, weather, climate, coastlines, much of our food, and even the oxygen in the air we breathe are ultimately provided and regulated by the sea.

Careful management of this key global resource is a key feature of a sustainable future. There is a continuous deterioration of coastal waters due to pollution, and the oxidation of the ocean has a devastating effect on the functioning of ecosystems and biodiversity. This also has a negative effect on small-scale fishing.

Saving our ocean must remain a priority. Marine biodiversity is crucial to human health and our planet. Marine protected areas must be managed efficiently and have sufficient resources and provisions must be put in place to reduce overfishing, marine pollution and ocean acidification.