Oceans provide us the source of life, inspiration and joy… not only food and blue economy.
Over 1000 delegates from all around the world came together in Malta for the ‘Our Ocean’ conference on 5-6 October which was hosted by the European Union & EU Commissioner Karmenu Vella, Ambassador of Healthy Seas.
Over 400 actions and more than 7 billion Euros were pledged during this 2-day event. The resources will be invested to strengthen the fight against marine pollution and enlarge protected areas, reinforce security of the oceans, foster blue economy initiatives and sustainable fisheries and intensify the EU efforts against climate change, in line with the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals under Agenda 2030. Participants also announced the creation of new Marine Protected Areas spanning more than 2.5 million km², or more than half the size of the entire European Union. Explore here the full list of commitments: https://ourocean2017.org/our-ocean-commitments
Healthy Seas committed to the extension of the sea clean-up actions across Europe, with the involvement of 75 volunteer divers. To coincide with the conference, Healthy Seas and its partners also organized various side-events and removed over 2 tonnes of ghost nets and other marine litter from the seas and coastlines around Malta.
Many thanks to Sky News for the great reportage and following our activities.
Watch Sky News Special Report ‘Our Ocean’ below.