World Ocean Day: Ocean Life and Livelihoods in the Tropics
The Future Belongs to the Tropics
The Ocean covers over 70% of the planet and 76% of the Tropics is Ocean. It is our life source, supporting humanity’s sustenance and that of every other organism on Earth.
The Ocean produces at least 50% of the planet’s oxygen, is home to most of Earth’s biodiversity, and is the main source of protein for more than a billion people around the world. An estimated 40 million people will be employed by ocean-based industries by 2030.
Dr Martin Visbeck, member of the Ocean Decade Executive Planning Group, will provide an overview of the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. He will be joined by a panel who will speak on climate change and tropical oceans, traditional knowledge sharing, ocean protection from the youth’s perspective and the Blue Economy.