14.5.1 Coverage of Protected Areas
Marine protected areas are of inter-tidal or sub-tidal terrain with overlying water, associated flora and fauna, historical and cultural features that have been reserved by law or other effective means to protect part or all of the enclosed environment.
World Database on Protected Areas, United Nations Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC). Retrieved from “https://www.protectedplanet.net/“
14.5.1 Coverage of Protected Areas in the Sustainable Development Goals
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14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources
The world’s oceans – their temperature, chemistry, currents and life – drive global systems that make the Earth habitable for humankind.
Our rainwater, drinking water, weather, climate, coastlines, much of our food, and even the oxygen in the air we breathe, are all ultimately provided and regulated by the sea. Throughout history, oceans and seas have been vital conduits for trade and transportation.
Careful management of this essential global resource is a key feature of a sustainable future.
Related 14.5.1 Coverage of Protected Areas Targets
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information