The Global Ocean Forum recently announced that oceans and coasts have taken a prominent role in the discussions leading up to the Rio+20 Conference (UN Conference on Sustainable Development) to take place June 20-22, 2012, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Over 50% of all Member States, and all political groups and regional preparatory outcomes, recognized oceans or ocean-related information in their input submissions to the Rio+20 compilation document. Member States highlighting oceans in their submissions included both developed and developing countries, and spanned all regions of the world.
Common concerns included addressing the effects of climate change on coastal communities, the special needs of small island developing States (SIDS), loss of marine biodiversity, pressures on fisheries, the need for ocean-related capacity development, and addressing marine pollution. For some States, proposals to improve the institutional framework for sustainable development included support for strengthening Regional Fishery Management Organizations (RFMOs), and the implementation of the Mauritius Strategy and the Barbados Plan of Implementation.
Thanks to the Global Ocean Forum for sharing this exciting news.
What do you think? Are you surprised that 50% of the member states are concerned about their oceans? Would you have thought the number would be lower or higher?