30X30 IS A CALL TO ACTION TO SAFEGUARD 30% OF THE WORLD’S OCEAN BY 2030 THROUGH A NETWORK OF HIGHLY PROTECTED MARINE RESERVES OR REGENERATION ZONES WHERE NO DESTRUCTIVE OR EXTRACTIVE ACTIVITIES SUCH AS FISHING OR MINING CAN TAKE PLACE.
our 30x30 vision
Although around 70% of the Earth’s surface is Ocean, just under 7.5% of it has been protected or designated for protection in some way. 2% is protected as marine reserves – highly protected marine protected areas (MPAs)– where no destructive or extractive activities can take place. A global target of achieving 10% marine protection by 2020 has been set by the world’s governments. The good news is that if governments continue to work hard to implement their marine protection commitments, the global community will hopefully be successful in reaching this target.
But the science is telling us that we need to do more.
The 10% marine protection target is an important milestone along the way to ensuring a healthy Ocean, yet the latest science points to the need to be more ambitious and to strongly protect at least 30% of the Ocean as marine reserves if we are to build the resilience of its ecosystems and species so that they can build resilience and adapt to climate change and also help regenerate Ocean life. The importance of scaling protection is increasingly becoming recognized politically and in 2016, 129 states and government agencies and 621 NGOs that are members of the IUCN, voted in favour of a 30% MPA goal by 2030 at their World Conservation Congress.
The rate of Ocean protection has accelerated greatly over the past 10 years, however, even at the current accelerated rate, we will still not achieve 30% protection of the global Ocean by 2030. There is no question that we need to urgently increase the scale and speed of Ocean protection through strategic and collaborative engagement, including the agreement of a strong high seas treaty that would enable the establishment of marine reserves on the high seas, and the designation of at least 3 very large areas as protected in Antarctica’s Southern Ocean, by 2020 – not to mention a lot of needed action within country waters.
Ocean Unite strongly supports efforts to achieve at least 30% of the Ocean being strongly protected by 2030 – our 30×30 call to action, which creates a “North Star” for the global community.
What would protecting 30%
of the Ocean achieve?
- Climate change mitigation through healthy ecosystems and the protection of costal habitats.
- Livelihoods and food for all: more and bigger fish and great species diversity.
- Safe havens for threatened species such as sharks, rays and turtles.
- High financial returns – recent analysis estimated the economic benefits of protecting 30% of the ocean at US$490 to $920 billion by 2050, creating 150,000 to 180,000 full-time jobs.
Together we can make a difference:
- Spread the 30×30 work on the need for 30% strict Ocean protection by 2030 by using the #Ocean30x30.
- Support the negotiation of strong UN high seas marine biodiversity agreement by 2020 through supporting the activities of the highseasalliance.org @HighSeasAllianc.
- Support #Antarctica2020 that calls for the establishment of large-scale marine reserves by 2020 in East Antarctica, the Weddell Sea and the Antarctic Peninsula . Check out Greenpeace, Lewis Pugh, ASOC and Pew to find out more.
- Check out what level of strict protection your country’s waters have by visiting MPAtlas.org, and contact your government to urge them to secure even more and achieve the 30×30 goal.
- Support efforts to achieve the Ocean sustainable development goal, in particular to protect coastal ecosystems such as mangroves, tidal marshes, seagrass, and coral reefs and to enhance sustainable fisheries management.