Turn the Tide on Plastic

Britain’s Dee Caffari will lead ‘Turn the Tide on Plastic’ in the 2017-18 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race.

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Turn the Tide on Plastic is a mixed, youth focused team with a strong sustainability message, led by Britain’s Dee Caffari. The campaign, backed by the principle sustainability partner the Mirpuri Foundation, and Ocean Family Foundation, is dedicated to the issue of ocean health. The campaign is also supported by Sky Ocean Rescue who recently became a media partner to the team to help raise awareness of the issues our oceans face.

The team’s guiding mission is to amplify United Nations Environment’s ‘Clean Seas: Turn the Tide on Plastic’ campaign throughout the eight months of the race.

Caffari is building a multinational, 50-50 male-female squad, with the majority under 30 years of age. Alongside the sustainability focus, the messages around inclusivity in age and gender will be strong themes of a campaign that in sporting terms may not start as a favourite, but could easily surprise on the water.


Declaration on Marine Reserves by Belgium, Belize, Nauru, Portugal (Government)

The Governments of Belgium, Belize and Nauru signed in June, 2017, a joint Declaration on Marine Reserves.

SDG14.5 calls for 10% of marine protected areas. However, this target is not only about quantity, but also about quality!
Existing efforts to enhance marine conservation and improve management are important, but best available science indicates the marine environment continues to degrade – much more is needed. Marine Reserves are essential to rebuild life in the sea, restore its proper function, and give it the ability to cope with a changing world.

The reasons for the creation of the Marine Protected Areas:
– Reserves sustain and promote ecological processes that support mitigation of climate change and adaptation to its effects
– Reserves provide stepping stones, corridors and safe havens as species adjust to climate change
– As conditions change, reserves support more secure delivery of ecosystem processes and services that people depend on, such as good water quality, productive fisheries and coastal defense

The co-signed the “Declaration in support for marine reserves to ensure meaningful implementation of SDG 14.5” makes the establishment of marine reserves possible; ambitiously increases coverage of marine protected areas and takes a valuable additional step towards reaching SDG14.5.

See rationale: https://prezi.com/dr5ceschqkcu/ocean-conference/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy 

Please see the text of the Declaration via the link below.


Mexico creates vast new ocean reserve to protect ‘Galapagos of North America’ Fishing, mining and new hotels will be prohibited in the ‘biologically spectacular’ Revillagigedo archipelago

Mechtild Rössler, Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, welcomes the initiative by the Government of Mexico to create a vast ocean reserve spanning 150,000 sq km around the Revillagigedo islands, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2016.

The establishment of the reserve follows the request of the World Heritage Committee when inscribing the Archipiélago de Revillagigedo on the World Heritage List, to increase legal protection for the area to extend the no-take zone. The Committee also requested other measures be taken to ensure careful management of tourism and improved monitoring and regulation of fishing.

The decree, announced by Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico, also bans mining and the construction of new hotels on the islands. The no-take extension is a leading example for others around the world of how government agencies, civil society and the scientific community work hand in hand to strengthen the protection of our common heritage of humankind. …