In continuation and expansion of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), the United Nations agreed on 17 „Sustainable Development Goals“. During the next 15 years, countries are supposed to put in a lot of effort to end all forms of poverty, overcome inequalities and tackle climate change.
The oceans are essential for life on earth as we know it. They oceans driven global eco-systems and were always important for trade and commerce. The problem of competing utilization, a public use on the one hand (security of life) and a commercial use on the other hand (as a pollutant sink, source of resources and transport), is concentrated here. A long term balance must be established between those competing utilizations. Therefore, a prudent management of oceans and marine resources is key to a sustainable future.
How to ensure a sustainable use of oceans, seas and marine resources? How to quantify and measure a sustainable use of oceans, seas and marine resources? Which measures must be taken to achieve the goals formulated by the UN and what can each and every one of us do to play his/her part?
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