Expert Panel Reveals Declining State of the Ocean
July 10, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Delegates to a special United Nations panel convened to discuss progress as well as gaps in marine scientific research, emerging challenges and links between science and policy making in light of the very serious threats facing the ocean. Also included were presentations on deep-sea research and international ocean governance; assessment of progress in marine pollution control and challenges; and future management of the oceans and seas, including coral reefs.
One of the report’s authors, Dan Laffoley, marine chair of the World Commission on Protected Areas and an adviser to the IUCN, (International Union for the Conservation of Nature), admitted that the challenges are vast.
“But unlike previous generations, we know what now needs to happen,” he said. “The time to protect the blue heart of our planet is now.”