Goal 14 - Life Below Water
Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources
The world’s oceans play an essential part in human survival – without water, life is impossible. Apart from providing us with drinking water, food, and rain, our oceans also serve as a platform for water transportation and trade. They help lessen the effects of global warming by absorbing about 30% of carbon dioxide.
Oceans also create employment by being the biggest source of protein on the planet and keeping fisheries in business. Unfortunately more than 40% of our oceans are altered negatively by pollution and disturbances in the ecosystem.
SDG 14 aims to reduce all marine pollution by 2025 and to conserve marine and coastal ecosystems by 2020. Management plans will be implemented to prevent over-fishing, illegal fishing, and to rehabilitate marine life. Consequently, the aim is to conserve at least 10% of all marine areas by 2020.
Taking part in one of our Marine Conservation and Awareness Projects give you the chance to take part in a sustainable project which aims to yield long-term results within conservation.
Get involved in conducting research, protecting endangered species, mapping habitats and educating local communities on how to look after their unique environments.
An Introduction to Goal 14
Written and created by our team in Mahe, Seychelles
Total number of participants
successfully trained in marine survey techniques
Three quarters of the Earth’s surface
is covered by oceans
Over three billion people
depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods
Globally, the market value of marine and coastal resources and industries
is estimated at $3 trillion per year or about 5 per cent of global GDP
Oceans contain nearly 200,000 identified species
but actual numbers may lie in the millions
Oceans serve as the world’s largest source of protein,
with more than 3 billion people depending on the oceans as their primary source of protein
directly or indirectly employ over 200 million people
Our Related UN Target
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and
destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest
time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics