LIFE BELOW WATER
The YAD-Pakistan’s response towards Goal: 14: Life below Water
More than 3 billion peoples rely on fish for food and protection, Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. We as divers have a special responsibility to protect our playground. Since much of the damage that has occurred to our oceans is underwater, it is vital that we bring this critical message to the surface and help drive awareness to the importance of ocean health and its impact on many aspects of life. If we act now, we have the power to reverse the damage by sustainably managing, protecting, and conserving our ocean resources for our future. The oceans cover three quarters of the Earth’s surface, contain 97% of the Earth’s water, and represent 99% of the living space on the planet by volume. This vital resource is critical for sustaining life, eliminating poverty, promoting economic prosperity, and slowing down climate change. Our quality of life, livelihood, and wellbeing all depend on the health of our oceans, yet it is in serious trouble mostly due to human activities. The time is now to take steps towards conservation. Despite mankind’s need for healthy oceans, 80% of all pollution comes from land-based activities that mean you and me. Recognizing this imperative need for conservation efforts, the United Nations is dedicated to helping protect our planet and future through seventeen Sustainable Development Goals. Specifically, Goal #14- Life below Water, strives to conserve and sustainably use our oceans, seas, and marine resources for sustainable development.
- Bold action, smart policies, and implementation of international law play a large role in the protection of our oceans.
- Solutions-focused event will mobilize action by stakeholders to advance the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal #14 to manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid further significant adverse impacts.
- We as divers have a special responsibility to protect our playground. Since much of the damage that has occurred to our oceans is underwater, it is vital that we bring this critical message to the surface and help drive awareness to the importance of ocean health and its impact on many aspects of life. If we act now, we have the power to reverse the damage by sustainably managing, protecting, and conserving our ocean resources for our future.
- To support country wide efforts especially in coastal areas and be a catalyst for change through social and environmental brand activism to increase international cooperation to protect vulnerable ocean habitats is a cause that we choose to take action on.
- To be part of the leadership team that drives change, because it feels good and because we can and should.
- Strives to prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds including marine debris and nutrient pollution
- Improved ecological health of marine ecosystems and increase in fish stocks, a secured volume of catch for commercial fisheries, a benefit to recreational fisheries representing an economic impact.
- Prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
- Sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
- Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels
- Effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
- Conserve coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
- Increase the economic benefits from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
- Provide access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets
- Enhance the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in UNCLOS, which provides the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources