Ocean ecosystems suffer every day – from rising temperatures and decreasing levels of oxygen, to increasing acidity and land-based pollution.

Members of the Ocean Panel are working to establish marine protected areas that act as a refuge for habitats and species and can help to reduce the effects of stress factors:

Blue carbon ecosystems

Marine ecosystems, such as mangrove forests, seagrass meadows and salt marshes hold and capture millions of tons of carbon dioxide.

Blue carbon ecosystems play a crucial role in our global fight against climate change.

Tackling marine pollution

Reducing shipping and transport pollution

For centuries, the ocean has served as a means of transportation and trade – around 90% of traded goods are carried over the sea. Between 1950 and 2000 alone, ship traffic close to doubled.

This growth in traffic has been accompanied by a significant rise in noise and pollution from poor waste disposal and engine exhausts.

Improving waste disposal

Ocean Panel countries are also working together to stop land waste from entering the ocean.

To larger government investments: 

Ghana approved a USD $200 million drainage and sanitation project to improve solid waste management.

Japan Japan set out the “Osaka Blue Ocean Vision” aiming to reduce additional pollution by marine plastic litter to zero by 2050, and 87 countries and regions have shared the vision so far. Japanese product suppliers, retailers and municipalities will now need to consider the circulation of plastics from their design to their disposal and take measures such as ‘Design for the Environment’, single use plastic reduction, and waste management or recycling.