Post-COVID recovery should lock in ocean sustainability, says Commonwealth Secretary-General

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By External Source
Jun 8 2020 (IPS-Partners)

The Commonwealth Secretary-General is urging governments to
ensure their countries’ post-COVID economic recoveries are
environmentally sustainable and safe for the ocean.

Forty-seven of the Commonwealth’s 54 member countries have a
coastline while 25 are either small island developing states or
‘big ocean states’ relying heavily on the ocean for food and
income.

On World Oceans Day (8 June), Secretary-General Patricia
Scotland calls on countries to reform development strategies in a
way that supports vibrant and sustainable blue and green
economies.

Patricia Scotland

She said: “The ocean is the life blood of so many Commonwealth
countries and our environment should be the cornerstone as we put
plans in place to recover our economies. The Commonwealth covers
more than a third of coastal oceans in the world, contributing to a
global ocean-based economy valued at US$3 to 6 trillion per
year.

“COVID-19 impact has radically altered some of our key
economic sectors and transformed the way we live, communicate and
do business. While the fallout from the pandemic has had a huge
impact on our blue economies, it also presents a crucial
opportunity to strategise on how to accelerate the transition
towards more sustainable economic practices built on climate
resilience and ocean sustainability.

“The Commonwealth Blue Charter is one of the most effective
platforms for global ocean action in the international landscape
today. I commend the work of our member countries through the
action groups and welcome the support we have received from
national, regional and global partners, enabling us to mobilise
together for ocean health.â€

The Blue Charter is the Commonwealth’s commitment to work
together to protect the ocean and meet global ocean commitments.
Ten action groups, led by 13 champion countries, are driving the
flagship initiative. More than 40 countries have signed up to one
or more of these action groups, and counting.

Commonwealth Blue Charter action groups include: Sustainable
Aquaculture (led by Cyprus), Sustainable Blue Economy (Kenya),
Coral Reef Protection and Restoration (Australia, Belize,
Mauritius), Mangrove Ecosystems and Livelihoods (Sri Lanka), Ocean
Acidification (New Zealand), Ocean and Climate Change (Fiji), Ocean
Observations (Canada), Commonwealth Clean Ocean Alliance (marine
plastic pollution – United Kingdom, Vanuatu), Marine Protected
Areas (Seychelles) and Sustainable Coastal Fisheries (Kiribati)
.

Members of the private sector, academia and civil society –
including Vulcan Inc, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Association of
Commonwealth Universities, Nekton Foundation and many others –
are also engaged as Blue Charter partners.

To find out more about the Commonwealth Blue Charter, visit the
website
.

Notes to Editor

For interviews with the Commonwealth Secretary-General on this
issue, please contact Josephine Latu-Sanft via email or WhatsApp
+44 7587657269

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