Protecting the Oceans Could Boost the EconomyNewsroom
This month, conservation group the World Wildlife Fund released a study on how ocean conservation can impact the world’s economy, according to a story by Lindsay Patton in Care2.com.
Done through VU University in Amsterdam and funded by the WWF, the study’s findings show that thousands of jobs could be created and billions of dollars could be generated by 2050 through ocean conservation alone. Better yet, the benefits to our oceans would exceed the costs involved.
All this information comes at a great time, too.
The study was conducted and released prior to the UN’s post-2015 sustainable development agenda in September. The report recommends ocean conservation items be one of the topics in this meeting.
In the report, the WWF pushed for 10 percent of the oceans to be protected by 2020 and 30 percent protected by 2030. At the moment, only four percent of the oceans are protected. Current existing protection regions include the Mediterranean, Coral Triangle and coastal Africa.
For the full story, go to Care2.com.