British Overseas Territories in support of COP26 and marine biodiversity – MercoPress
British overseas territories in support of COP26 and marine biodiversity
The UK Overseas Territories Association issued a joint statement in support of COP 26 and its commitment to protect 30% of the world’s oceans by 2030. The UK and its territories overseas are described as the fifth largest marine estate in the world.
The declaration did not include the Falkland Islands as they were holding a general election, but their full support is expected. In addition, the Director of the Department of Natural Resources, Dr Andrea Clausen, shares the video accompanying this statement.
We, the Governments of the Overseas Territories of the United Kingdom, are the custodians of habitats of international importance that span the globe, from Antarctica to the Caribbean, from the South Atlantic to the ‘Indian Ocean. Together with the United Kingdom, we represent the fifth largest marine domain in the world; over 90% of the UK’s biodiversity; and are essential for the UK to meet its commitment by 2030 to protect 30% of the world’s oceans. Climate change will have a profound impact on our environments, economies and societies, a lack of action will impact not only us, but our children and all generations to come. To overcome the climate crisis facing our communities, we need to increase global solidarity and align our actions.
As coastal and island communities, our economies are based on maintaining healthy and sustainable marine and land environments. We are committed to taking action to protect our fishery resources and to conserve and, to the extent possible, restore our marine ecosystems and biodiversity. Based on the good work already undertaken by the overseas territories, we reaffirm an alliance to take action to combat the harmful effects of plastic pollution and marine litter, often due to other countries that have affected our coasts.
Our biodiversity, land and sea, not only supports our well-being, but also contributes to our uniqueness, our nature-based fight against climate change and is important to those of us where tourism makes an important contribution to our savings.
?? It is imperative that all nations prioritize their response to prevent a further acceleration of human-induced global warming, and collectively commit to developing preventative measures to ensure that the surface temperature does not exceed an increase of 1.5 ° C.
We, as individual territories, commit to working with the UK government to develop territory-led actions that tackle the specific challenges that climate change poses for all of us, to use our oceans and our natural resources in a sustainable way, for the benefit of the present and the future. generations and take action to protect and restore our biodiversity.
“As overseas territories, we are committed to working with others in a spirit of cooperation to achieve significant results from COP26 that will make a tangible difference in the fight against the impacts of climate change on our territories. “.