"It's obvious to anyone who puts their head below the waves that the fate of the world's fierce frogs hang in the balance," said the chief union of Erik Solheim. "These underground infrastructures are currently color and life facing a very serious future."
Coral reefs provide food and livelihood for hundreds of millions of people around the world, supporting more than a quarter of all marine life, and protect communities and coasts from natural disasters – and if no urgent action is taken, they could be lost for never.
Eight international organizations have joined forces to advocate for definite steps to protect these natural wonders: UNEP, Coral Reef International Initiative, World Wildlife Fund, Wildlife Conservation, Wildlife Conservation Society, Vulcan Inc., Ocean Agency & Secretariat of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
"The expectations for this coalition can not be higher. Coral reel protection must become a global priority. Coral reefs need a better deal," said Mr Solheim, who revealed the new partnership in the Egyptian coastline Sharm El Sheikh.
There are dozens of ministers whose countries are part of the CBD gather, along with experts and representatives of civil society organizations, to begin a two-year process to adopt a global framework for biodiversity protection, including cora reefs, worldwide.
The conference, which opened on Tuesday and will continue until November 29, will be the platform for decision makers of more than 190 countries committing commitments and efforts to prevent the loss of biodiversity and protect the ecosystems that support health, and food and security water for millions of people around the world.
The expectations for this coalition could not be higher. Coral ridge protection must become a global priority. Coral reefs need a better deal.
Erik Solheim, executive director of the UN Environment Program (UNEP)
In addition, governments, private companies, non-governmental organizations and intergovernmental organizations; native people and local communities; youth and civil society; They are expected to make promises to support the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.
The latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published in October 2018 warns, even if we can stabilize global surface temperature to 1.5 ° C above pre-industrial levels, 70 to 90 per cent of coral reefs will be lost by mid-century. A continuing failure to act on climate change will result in even more losses, the report warns.
However, climate change is not the only major threat that faces rocks. Over-fishing, pollution and coastal development have caused a large coral loss over the last 30 years.
Reducing those threats can help to recover the most resilient rocks after the effects – such as bleeding events, caused by sea water temperature higher than average due to global warming.
"I am delighted to see that the issue of choral reefs receives the attention they deserve. We are now approaching the 2020 horizon and we need to strengthen the focus on coral reef conservation strategies effectively and to support people who rely on them, "said Prince Albert II of Monaco.
"The General Meeting of the Coral Reef International Initiative, which I will be hosting in Monaco in December, will be an important step and my desire is that it will lead to the adoption of a practical, ambitious, realistic program of action," he said. added.
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