in the face of plastic waste in the oceans, rising sea levels and “Friday forfuture”demonstrations for the protection of the climate have never been so much international focus on the oceans as it is today, said Peter Haugan, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of Unesco, on Tuesday in Hamburg.

This encouragement needs to be used, in order to deepen scientific cooperation, and to provide solutions for re-resistant, ecologically healthy and productive seas and oceans. “The oceans are too important to ignore,” said Haugan.

the protection of species on the high seas to promote

The recent increase in environmental awareness of large parts of the population and the increasing Knowledge of the importance of the oceans for life on this planet have already led to a number of international and European initiatives, it was said at the start of a two-day marine environment Symposium in Hamburg.

Currently, negotiations were carried out, for example, at the international level, in order to protect the biodiversity outside of national territorial waters – by limits for activities on the high seas. A result should be available no later than next year.

The “International decade of ocean research for Sustainable development” to the scientific bases and recommendations for the implementation of the marine-related sustainability, the UN aims to deliver. At the Symposium in Hamburg around 400 participants will discuss, among other things, protection measures for the preservation of the Wadden sea, the degradation of pollutants in the North sea and the Baltic sea, as well as new technologies for data collection. (SDA)

plastic, mainly in the Form of PET bottles and plastic bags, according to the UN environmental organisation Unep, is the most widespread marine garbage. While plastic bags can swim 10 to 20 years in the sea, until they are completely crushed, breaks up a PET bottle in about 450 years.

micro-plastic particles can easily reach into the bodies of sea animals and, therefore, on our plates. Their effects on humans are not yet explored. In addition to the eco-tourism also suffers from the PET waste. For the Clean up of beaches table alone in the Asia-Pacific region annually, for a cost of 622 million dollars. The total economic damage caused by plastic waste in the oceans is estimated to be approximately 13 billion euros a year.

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