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  • INTO is proud to #backthebluebelt (6 December 2018)

    Posted on December 6, 2018

    WITH THE FIFTH LARGEST MARINE ESTATE IN THE WORLD, THE UK AND ITS OVERSEAS TERRITORIES ARE CUSTODIAN TO THE LARGEST CORAL ATOLL ON EARTH, GLOBALLY SIGNIFICANT POPULATIONS OF ALBATROSS, WHALES AND TURTLES, AND AS MANY AS A QUARTER OF THE PENGUINS ON THE PLANET.

    The worldwide family of National Trusts is delighted to back the Blue Belt Charter.  Jeremy Harris, Director of the Saint Helena National Trust, said:

    “Like all the other UK Overseas Territories, St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha’s terrestrial footprint is both entirely unique and relatively tiny. Our ocean on the other hand is vast. While our land is extremely special because of its millennia of isolation, our ocean connects us with the wider world. Thanks to the steadfast efforts of the members of the Great British Oceans coalition, and the Blue Belt Charter produced by them, the St Helena National Trust are now for the first time able to turn our attention to the marine environment to study, protect, and promote this valuable shared British resource. Together we are realizing the Charter’s vision of protecting these vital ecological processes for local communities and the planet as a whole.”    

    #Backthebluebelt

    Through the actions of successive governments, the UK has demonstrated global leadership in ocean conservation.  INTO is proud to join over 35 prominent international and domestic marine and environmental Non-Governmental Organisations, eminent scientists and world-leading Universities in demonstrating the overwhelming support for delivery on Blue Belt policy commitments.

    This coalition is calling on the UK to reaffirm this leadership by working with the governments of the Overseas Territories to deliver on Blue Belt pledges to:

    • Establish a 500,000 km² fully protected Marine Protected Area around the South Sandwich Islands in 2018
    • Deliver on the commitment to establish a fully protected Marine Protected Area in at least 50% of Ascension Island’s waters in 2019
    • Support the establishment of a locally-led marine protection regime throughout the waters of Tristan da Cunha by 2020
    • Strengthen the development of the locally-led marine protection regime throughout the waters of St Helena
    • We also call on the UK to remain a leading force within those international bodies concerned with greater protection of the Polar Regions, the UN process for establishing Marine Protected Areas on the High Seas, and within the Regional Fisheries Management Organisations.

    Find out more on the Great British Oceans website or download the poster/flyer here.

     

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