The importance of healthy oceans, seas, coastal and inland waters
Healthy oceans, seas, coastal and inland waters are vital for our societies and the future of our planet. They are the lungs of our planet, producing half of the oxygen we breathe. They are a source of healthy food, contributing 16% of the animal protein we eat.

They are the planet's largest carbon sink and have absorbed 26% of anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. They are home to the richest biodiversity on our planet.

They are the source of all life on Earth and our planet's life-support system. They supply freshwater, renewable energy and provide benefits associated with our well-being, cultural values, tourism, trade, and transport.
Aims of missions in this area
    A mission will be a powerful tool to raise awareness among citizens of the importance of healthy oceans, seas, coastal and inland waters, and help develop solutions on a range of issues.

    These include

    • systemic solutions for the prevention, reduction, mitigation and removal of marine pollution, including plastics
    • transition to a circular and blue economy
    • adaption to and mitigation of pollution and climate change in the ocean
    • sustainable use and management of ocean resources
    • development of new materials including biodegradable plastic substitutes, new feed and food
    • urban, coastal and maritime spatial planning
    • ocean governance
    • ocean economics applied to maritime activities