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Canada joins Global Ocean Alliance
Team Sea and Coast | 14/07/2020

Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, last week announced that the Government of Canada has joined other countries in the Global Ocean Alliance.

As learned, the alliance’s aim is to advocate with international partners for determined ocean action to safeguard a minimum of per cent of the world’s oceans through the initiation of marine protected areas and other effective area-based marine conservation course of action by 2030.

The Canadian government said in a statement, “Through the Global Ocean Alliance, we join a growing number of like-minded countries that will advocate internationally for 30 per cent conservation by 2030 around the world. We will work with other countries toward the adoption of new ambitious global biodiversity targets under the Convention on Biological Diversity at the 15th Conference of Parties in Kunming, China in 2021. Canada is joining the Global Ocean Alliance to help galvanize international efforts towards a 30 per cent conservation goal that allows the marine environment and sustainable marine economies to thrive”.

Canada’s attempt, including the establishment of new marine protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures, have also contributed to the international 10 per cent marine conservation target ahead of the 2020 timeline, according to the government.

Canada becomes the 22nd country to join Global Ocean Alliance. Others countries include Belgium; Belize; Cape Verde; Canada; Costa Rica; Croatia; Fiji; Finland; Gabon; Germany; Italy; Kenya; Luxembourg; Monaco; Nigeria; Palau; Portugal; Senegal; Seychelles; Sweden; the United Kingdom; and, Vanuatu.

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