Creation of Marine Protected Areas

Sustainable Development Goal No. 14 commits countries to unite over what is a truly global responsibility – the protection of our oceans and the lives that depend on it. 

The Sustainable Development Goals No. 14 is about “Life below water” and is one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations in 2015. The official Mission Statement is to “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.”

One of the targets committed to by the Indian Government under SDG14 is to conserve at least 10% of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information by 2020.

At least 50 countries committed to protecting 30 percent of the planet, including land and sea, over the next decade to halt species extinction and address climate change issues, during a global summit Monday aimed at protecting the world’s biodiversity. So the global target was set to protect 30% of our planet by 2030 which currently stands at less than 8% in case of our oceans.

We wish to work towards this goal by working towards creation of an MPA around the islands of Goa.