Oceans for the future at Rio +20

On Saturday 16 June the Marine Reserves Coalition will be hosting its own side event, Oceans for the Future, at the Rio +20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Thousands of people will be travelling from all over the world to attend Rio +20 with a view to ‘define pathways to a safer, more equitable, cleaner, greener and more prosperous world for all’, and we will be making the most of the opportunity to draw attention to the world’s oceans and the need  to protect more of them.

There are seven critical issues at Rio +20, and ‘oceans’ is one of them. We know that sustainable development simply cannot be achieved without healthy and productive oceans – billions of people across the world depend on the sea for their food, livelihoods and social well-being. Why then has progress towards marine protection been so slow, where are the major gaps and what can realistically be done to fill those gaps and meet international targets? These are all questions we will be addressing at our Rio +20 side event.

Bringing together a mixture of scientists, policy experts and decision-makers, we will review current progress towards international targets, presenting our ‘league table of nations’, and highlighting which countries are leading the way in marine protection. We will discuss marine reserves as conservation tools, reinforce the science behind targets and look at turning commitments into action.

Our side event is open to everyone and is taking place on Saturday 16 June, 15:30 – 17:00, Pavilion 3-B, RioCentro.

For more information or to register your interest, please contact us.

Decisions made at Rio +20 must lead to action for our oceans.

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Restoring the oceans will take time. We need to act now.