The state of our Ocean
The ocean produces half of the oxygen that we breathe and absorbs around a quarter of excess carbon and heat humans produce. Human activities such as overfishing, pollution and climate change are degrading ocean ecosystems at an alarming rate which greatly impacts ocean resilience.
The High Seas beyond national jurisdiction cover about half of the planet’s surface yet resemble a ‘failed state’ due to a lack of rules, monitoring and enforcement. The Deep Ocean makes up over 90% of the liveable space of the planet but is increasingly affected.
It is time for a multi-sector approach and to engage a broad coalition of stakeholders to protect biodiversity and ecosystem functionality of the ocean. New technologies allow for interventions that are in tune with nature and are financially and commercially viable. Investments in blue carbon for example provide opportunities for the private sector to support ocean challenges. A new Implementing Agreement to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Seas can offer the legal basis for large scale protection.
Understanding the critical functions at the heart of the global lifecycle is key to operate in tune with marine abundance and to maintain ocean resilience. Effective ocean governance and infrastructure needs to be at the heart of global sustainability.
How this challenge is addressed will define our generation.
The Global Ocean Trust
Global Ocean Trust was formed to think about things differently. Our aim is to bring new technologies, partnerships and sources of finance to provide much needed resource and focus on the task ahead. Through engaging a broad range of partners in protecting the ocean, new opportunities can be created which in turn assist with addressing key marine conservation challenges. Concepts such as global and regional ocean finance mechanisms and public private partnerships are needed for ocean sustainability, sustainable blue infrastructure and nature-based technology.
Through promoting ocean optimism, designing innovative solutions and developing financing options, we aim to encourage influencers and stakeholders to engage productively with the ocean and to embrace the opportunities that are available to sustain the resource that provides every human with life.
We are a group of experienced conservationists from around the world who offer a different perspective. We provide advice, support and resources to deliver new ideas and implement best practices for pragmatic solutions to ocean challenges.
We hope you join our journey by promoting ocean solutions.
Maria Nube Szephegyi
For more information about the Global Ocean Trust, please contact us at email@example.com.
Global Ocean Trust is supported by GOT Ocean Inc, a US 501c3 not-for-profit corporation and Global Ocean Trust gGmbH, a charitable organisation registered in Berlin, Germany.
Donations from US supporters are gratefully accepted through GOT Ocean Inc. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details. German supporters can donate at www.globaloceantrust.de.
Thank you for supporting the ocean, our common blue home.