Oceans internationally proceed to be below risk from air pollution and different damaging human actions.
Efforts proceed to be made globally to save lots of these oceans with activists pushing for extra motion from international locations together with these in Africa.
That’s what the Commonwealth Blue Constitution is designed to do – committing all 53 member international locations throughout the Commonwealth to work collectively to unravel essential ocean associated challenges.
The constitution was agreed unanimously by leaders in April 2018.
Since then 12 international locations which the commonwealth secretariat calls ‘champion’ international locations have been rallying fellow members to save lots of the oceans.
Their advocacy is constructed round “nine key areas, including marine pollution, ocean acidification and the sustainable blue economy.”
Commonwealth Secretary-Normal Patricia Scotland has mentioned that “We’re decided for our collective engagement on the Commonwealth Blue Constitution to deal with sensible motion, and for our response to be guided principally by those that expertise most acutely the issue and trauma of ocean and climate-related challenges.
They are going to be additional supported by the acuity and information of all of the companions we will discover, with the emphasis at all times on motion.”
Final week member international locations met in London to debate methods of constructing the Blue Constitution efficient and outcomes oriented.
— The Commonwealth (@commonwealthsec) June 20, 2019
Mauritius is considered one of 12 international locations that has stepped ahead to guide 9 ‘action groups’ below the Blue Constitution.
The nation is Co-championing the world of “coral reef protection and restoration along with Australia and Belize”.
Assistant Everlasting Secretary on the Ministry of Ocean Financial system, Marine sources, Fisheries and Delivery of Mauritius, Bibi Swaleha Gungadeen mentioned “The Commonwealth Blue Constitution supplies a platform to extend the visibility of what Mauritius has been doing within the space of coral reef safety and restoration.
Sharing information, expertise and applied sciences with different members of our motion group can also be extraordinarily helpful.
One other African nation championing the world of marine protected areas is Seychelles.
Principal Secretary of the Division of Atmosphere on the Ministry of Atmosphere, Vitality and Local weather Change of Seychelles, Alain de Comarmond mentioned in London that “Small island growing states like Seychelles are probably the most susceptible to local weather change and ocean challenges.
Nevertheless, we additionally aspire to develop and develop, so it is crucial that we proceed to guard the ocean and handle its sources sustainably.”
Championing the world of sustainable blue economic system is Kenya.
The pinnacle of delegation from the Ministry of International Affairs of Kenya, Salim M. Salim mentioned “The Commonwealth Blue Constitution All Champions assembly has supplied the time and area for Kenya to as soon as once more display its management position in championing the sustainable blue economic system.
“The blue economy is the future, and as the Commonwealth, we must work together to find ways to take advantage of the ocean’s vast resources in a sustainable and responsible manner.”
Rallying all nations
Motion teams embrace: Aquaculture (led by Cyprus), Coral Reef Safety and Restoration (co-led by Australia, Belize, Mauritius), Ocean Observations (Canada), Ocean Acidification (New Zealand) and Mangrove Restoration (Sri Lanka).
The remainder are Marine Plastic Air pollution (United Kingdom, Vanuatu), Marine Protected Areas (Seychelles), Blue Financial system (Kenya), and Ocean and Local weather Change (Fiji).
Commonwealth Head of Oceans and Pure Sources, Nicholas Hardman-Mountford mentioned “The Commonwealth Blue Constitution fills the hole between excessive stage international commitments and concrete cooperation on the bottom, the place member international locations may also help, encourage, encourage, and be taught from one another, as a way to obtain our shared ocean objectives.
The subsequent Commonwealth Heads of Authorities Assembly will happen in Rwanda in June 2020.