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Marine protected areas are vital, but by themselves they are not enough to ensure the sustainable management of our oceans. We also need to address the wider impacts that mankind is having on our marine environment, while recognising the economic and social importance of marine resources, which provide around a billion people with their main source of protein and contribute an estimated US$3 trillion per year in economic goods and services.
Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is working to address these wider threats by:
In terrestrial conservation there has been a trend towards broader partnerships between governments, businesses and interest groups – in particular engaging with the private sector to ensure they act responsibly as stewards of the environment. As yet, there are few such examples for the seas.
Fisheries, aquaculture, cruise tourism, coastal development, agriculture and various industries using plastics all have serious impacts on coastal and marine areas where FFI is working to conserve biodiversity. In view of the growing evidence that sustainability makes both good sense for businesses and the environment, FFI seeks to work with forward-thinking companies that are incorporating biodiversity considerations into the core of their operations and demonstrating the business case for good practice and new opportunities for sustainability.
Our work in action:
Effective marine conservation depends on coherent and cohesive policy that is backed by all sectors of society, from national and local government to community groups and businesses.
By working with key stakeholders in national and local governments, FFI will help to raise the profile of important marine conservation issues on the political agenda, while also strengthening the ability of local NGOs and communities to advocate for policies that will result in more sustainable marine management.
Our work in action:
Main image courtesy of Ulrich Karlowski 2008/Marine Photobank.
Marine protected areas are vital, but by themselves they are not enough to ensure the sustainable management of our oceans. We also need to address the wider impacts that mankind is having on our marine environment, while recognising the economic and social importance of marine resources.