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You can help protect 4 million square kilometres of ocean if you tell your MP to #BackTheBlueBelt now
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OUR OVERSEAS TERRITORIES
THESE ARE SOME OF THE MARINE REGIONS WE HOLD THE RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT
THE THREAT TO OUR OCEAN
With its 14 Overseas Territories, the United Kingdom is responsible for the fifth largest area of ocean in the world, measuring 6.8 million square km, over twice the size of India, and nearly 30 times the size of the UK itself. These waters represent possibly the most diverse marine portfolio on Earth – supporting a high number of rare and threatened species
94% of the UK’s biodiversity is found in its Overseas Territories Britain’s territories host the clearest water ever recorded, the largest coral atoll in the world, more penguins than any other nation, and breeding grounds for globally endangered turtles These fragile and unique ecosystems are under significant threat from excessive as well as illegal pirate fishing Left unchallenged, unsustainable human activity in these waters will cause irreparable harm to these extraordinary marine ecosystems and the threatened species they support
94% of the UK’s biodiversity is found in its Overseas Territories
Britain’s territories host the clearest water ever recorded, the largest coral atoll in the world, more penguins than any other nation, and breeding grounds for globally endangered turtles
These fragile and unique ecosystems are under significant threat from excessive as well as illegal pirate fishing
Left unchallenged, unsustainable human activity in these waters will cause irreparable harm to these extraordinary marine ecosystems and the threatened species they support
IN 2010, THE UK TOOK THE FIRST STEP BY ESTABLISHING THE CHAGOS MARINE RESERVE. THIS WAS FOLLOWED IN 2015 AND 2016 BY ANNOUNCEMENTS OF THE UK GOVERNMENT’S INTENTION TO ESTABLISH VERY LARGE RESERVES AROUND PITCAIRN ISLANDS IN THE PACIFIC OCEAN, AND ASCENSION ISLAND IN THE SOUTH ATLANTIC OCEAN. WE HAVE THE MEANS AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE ACTION NOW TO PROTECT ADDITIONAL OCEAN ECOSYSTEMS IN THE OVERSEAS TERRITORIES. A COALITION OF LEADING CONSERVATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANISATIONS IS CALLING ON THE UK GOVERNMENT TO TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT SPECIAL AREAS OF SIGNIFICANT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPORTANCE – BY ESTABLISHING SOME OF THE LARGEST, FULLY PROTECTED MARINE RESERVES ON EARTH.
AS WELL AS TAKING STEPS TO PROTECT MARINE AREAS AROUND THE UK MAINLAND, WE ALSO NEED URGENT ACTION TO SAFEGUARD THE WATERS SURROUNDING OUR OVERSEAS TERRITORIES. WE CAN ACT NOW TO SECURE OUR NATIONAL MARINE HERITAGE BEFORE THE INCREDIBLE BIODIVERSITY IN OUR WATERS IS LOST, LEAVING A LASTING GLOBAL LEGACY FOR OUR OCEANS AND FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS.
WE ARE CURRENTLY INVESTIGATING THE FEASIBILITY OF ENHANCING MARINE PROTECTIONS IN THE WATERS AROUND SOUTH GEORGIA AND THE SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS, WHERE SEASONAL FISHING ACTIVITY IS ALLOWED, AS WELL AS PROTECTING THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT OF TRISTAN DA CUNHA, WHILE SUPPORTING THE ENVIRONMENTAL AND ECONOMIC NEEDS OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY.
HOW WE CAN ACT
With such an expansive area of ocean under its jurisdiction,
the UK has a great opportunity to safeguard marine life around its remote oceanic islands and Territories.
We urge the UK government to act…
Demonstrate our commitment to global environmental protection by officially protecting these waters as marine reserves
Capitalise on cutting edge UK satellite technology to provide monitoring and surveillance systems, supporting the UK Government in facilitating improved, protection of remote British waters, and ensuring that these reserves are effective into the future
Work with Government and non-governmental partners to secure the financial viability of these marine reserves in the long term
GREAT BRITISH OCEANS CAMPAIGN
SUPPORT THIS MOVEMENT OF LEADING CONSERVATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANISATIONS AND OVER 100 CONSERVATION EXPERTS IN CALLING ON THE UK GOVERNMENT TO PROTECT THESE PRECIOUS MARINE ENVIRONMENTS – FOR OUR PLANET AND FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS
WE ALL BENEFIT FROM THE OCEAN: FROM THE FISH THEY PRODUCE, THE AIR WE BREATHE AND THE CLIMATE WE LIVE IN. IN RETURN, WE HAVE A DUTY TO PROTECT THEM FROM IRREPARABLE HARM.
JOIN US IN TAKING THIS CRUCIAL NEXT STEP TO PROTECT THESE PRECIOUS AREAS – AND HELP US TO SHAPE A BETTER ENVIRONMENT FOR OUR COMMUNITIES, OUR OCEANS AND OUR PLANET.