Why is Sustainable Management of Oceans, Forests and Biodiversity a Population Issue?

Written by Deepa Pullanikkatil on the Population Action blog:

“‘We need to protect our oceans as if our lives depend on it, because they do.’

That was the message brought by Dr. Sylvia Earle from National Geographic to last week’s Eighth Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) at the United Nations, where governments of 69 countries came together to discuss the theme of “oceans, forests and biodiversity.”

The pollution of our oceans is growing and loss of forests and biodiversity is increasing. With 7 billion people living in this world, each requiring resources from nature, population dynamics need to be considered as a major factor when looking at responses to environmental degradation.

The presenters at the Open Working Group urged delegates to recognize that oceans, forests and biodiversity are not just resources to be used, but engines of sustainable development.”

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1 Comment on "Why is Sustainable Management of Oceans, Forests and Biodiversity a Population Issue?"

  1. This is an insightful and important article; but it lacks the most important information – namely how population can and ought to be included as a specific target and indicator and as a cross cutting issue. And what needs to be done to scale up what is already being done to ensure that the target and indicator will then be met. If you add this would you please let me know. I would like to support it. Thanks, Rob Wheeler robwheeler22@gmail.com

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