SA joins world lead­ers in tack­ling ocean chal­lenge

Vuk'uzenzele - - Gryeonluaetrihaonlfsoc/ Uafsrica -

WITH AN ES­TI­MATED eight mil­lion tonnes of plas­tic end­ing up in the world’s oceans each year, the sus­tain­abil­ity of our seas is un­der threat.

Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa is en­cour­aged by the com­mit­ment of global lead­ers to turn the tide on the degra­da­tion of our oceans, fol­low­ing a work­ing visit to Canada which he par­tic­i­pated in the G7 Lead­ers’ Out­reach Sum­mit.

South Africa’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the two-day ses­sion, which was held un­der the theme ‘Healthy, Pro­duc­tive and Re­silient Oceans and Seas, Coasts and Com­mu­ni­ties’, was at the in­vi­ta­tion of Cana­dian Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau.

Pres­i­dent Ramaphosa de­scribed the sum­mit as a suc­cess and stressed the im­por­tance of the strong po­lit­i­cal sig­nal de­liv­ered by the G7 lead­ers to ad­dress is­sues fac­ing the world’s oceans, in­clud­ing stres­sors such as plas­tic pol­lu­tion, build­ing the re­silience of coasts and com­mu­ni­ties, im­prov­ing the pro­tec­tion of the world’s oceans and en­sur­ing sus­tain­able use of ma­rine re­sources.

Pres­i­dent Ramaphosa said it was of para­mount im­por­tance to strengthen the mul­ti­lat­eral ap­proach to man­ag­ing ocean re­sources be­yond na­tional ju­ris­dic­tion.

He shared with other lead­ers South Africa’s strat­egy to re­search and de­velop al­ter­na­tives and sub­sti­tutes for sin­gle-use plas­tics.

These ac­tions by South Africa are com­ple­mented by co-op­er­a­tive strate­gies to ex­pand ma­rine pro­tected ar­eas; ad­dress over-ex­ploita­tion through il­le­gal, un­re­ported and un­reg­u­lated fish­eries de­tec­tion and en­force­ment and sup­ported by an in­te­grated, shared ocean in­for­ma­tion sys­tem as a ba­sis for the sus­tain­able man­age­ment of the oceans and its users.

The Pres­i­dent be­lieves the ocean econ­omy has the po­ten­tial to cre­ate around one mil­lion jobs.

While in Toronto, the Pres­i­dent had the op­por­tu­nity to en­gage di­rectly with the busi­ness com­mu­nity. He wel­comed the in­ter­est shown in South Africa as an in­vest­ment des­ti­na­tion.

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