"The destiny of the world's coral reefs is in balance," said Erik Solheim, a spokesman for the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). "Now this hue and life explosion is facing an extremely bleak future."
Coral reefs provide food and livelihoods to hundreds of millions of people worldwide, support more than a quarter of all marine life, and protect communities and coastlines from natural disasters. If emergency action is not taken, it may disappear forever.
UNEP, the International Coral Reef Initiative, the World Wildlife Fund, the Nature Conservancy, the Wildlife Conservancy, Vulcan Inc., the Ocean Agency and the Secretary, We have combined strength to support decisive action to do so. United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
"The expectation of this alliance can not grow, coral reef protection should be a global priority, coral reefs need better deals," said Sharm El Sheikh, a new partnership at the Egyptian coastal resorts, Solheim said.
Dozens of ministers from the CBD's country gather with experts and representatives of civil society organizations to begin a two-year process to adopt a global framework for biodiversity protection, including coral reefs, around the world.
Open on Tuesday and continuing through November 29th, this meeting is the basis for decision makers from more than 190 countries to work towards protecting biodiversity loss and protecting ecosystems that support health, food and water. It provides security to billions of people around the world.
The expectations for this coalition can not be higher. Coral reef protection should be a global priority. Coral reefs require better deals.
Erik Solheim of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)
Government, private enterprises, NGOs and intergovernmental organizations; Aboriginal and local communities; Youth and Civil Society; Promised to support the Biodiversity Strategic Plan 2011-2020.
According to a recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), released in October 2018, 70-90% of coral reefs are still in the present century, even if global surface temperatures are managed collectively at 1.5 ° C above pre- I lost it in the middle. The report warns that if we do not continue to take action on climate change, it will cause even greater losses.
But climate change is not the only major threat facing coral reefs. Overfishing, pollution and coastal development have caused many corals to be lost in the past 30 years.
Reducing these threats can help restore the most resilient coral reefs after impacts such as bleaching due to warmer sea water temperatures due to global warming.
"I am delighted that the coral reef problem is receiving valuable attention, and we are now approaching the horizon of 2020 and should focus on strategies for effectively preserving coral reefs and support those who depend on them." Monaco Prince Albert II said.
"The International Coral Reef Initiative General Assembly in Monaco will be an important step this December, and my hope is that we will adopt a practical, effective, ambitious and realistic action plan." He added.
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