Oceano Azul Foundation presents three commitments for ocean conservation
José Soares dos Santos, President of the Oceano Azul Foundation, was one of the speakers at the Our Ocean conference, held on October 5-6 in Malta. Organized since 2014 by John Kerry, as Vice-President of the United States of America, and this year hosted by the European Union, this conference brings together world leaders to create tools for global governance of the ocean and to achieve global commitments for its protection.
In the “Climate-related Impacts on the Ocean and Announcements” session, José Soares dos Santos presented to the European Union and the world three actions that materialize the Foundation’s commitment to the conservation of the ocean and the sustainability of the planet.
The Oceano Azul Foundation is committed to invest 500,000 euros over the next five years in promoting conservation initiatives in the small-scale fisheries sector in Portugal in partnership with the Environmental Defense Fund.
On the other hand, Blue Azores program, in partnership with the Waitt Foundation, aims at the development of marine protected areas in the Azores, among other conservation and literacy actions in the Portuguese archipelago, and represents a joint investment of more than 1,000,000 euros.
In addition, in partnership with the University of Aveiro, Oceano Azul Foundation, through the Oceanário de Lisboa, will contribute 100,000 euros annually to a new marine animal rehabilitation unit at ECOMARE center.
“Economic and social sustainability depends more than ever on the sustainability of the marine environment. But there is still no awareness of how serious is the ocean’s ecological crisis. It is essential to invest in projects that increase literacy on the ocean issues and that protect, value and promote blue natural capital”, says José Soares dos Santos. Diane Regas, Executive Director of the Environmental Defense Fund said: “EDF is proud to partner with the Blue Ocean Foundation in this important mission”.
Ministers, representatives of international institutions, non-governmental organizations, scientists and business people gathered in Malta in the center of the Mediterranean to analyze the current state of the ocean and come up with concrete answers to transform the main challenges into opportunities for ocean sustainability, promoting cooperation, innovation and entrepreneurship. More than 100 countries were represented in the 2017 conference, where hundreds of commitments were made and actions such as the creation of marine protected areas, fighting climate change, promoting more sustainability in fisheries, fighting marine pollution, security and the blue economy.