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OCTA presents its Oceans Declaration at the COP 25

OCTA presents its Oceans Declaration at the COP 25

OCTs were present in the EU Ocean Day 2019.

During the opening of the EU Ocean Day, co-organised by OCTA with the European Commission, Susanne Camelia-Römer, Minister of Health, Environment and Nature of Curaçao - as OCTA Chair, presented the challenges posed by Climate Change to the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) and their Oceans.

The Minister presented to Virginijus Sinkevičius, the new European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, the Declaration on Oceans signed in October 2019 by the OCTs as a collective action taken by the OCTs to maintain healthy Oceans. The Declaration reminds that, with a combined Economic Exclusive Zone of more than 17 million km2 and, 37% of their waters covered by Marine Protected Areas, Oceans are of strategic importance to OCTs, and their existence and survival are inseparably linked to them. The signed document recognises the importance to act individually and collectively, while calling for more actions to conserve Oceans and enhance their economic and social value. The Declaration also reminds the importance to develop regional, European, global and inter-OCT collaborations as key factors to reach islands’ commitments.

In the following session, from ’’Science to Policy’’, Faisal Dilrosun, Ocean expert from the Ministry of Environment and Nature of Curaçao, explained how science could help building an Ocean policy in Curaçao. Pablo Lopez-Herrerias, Coordinator of the OCTA Secretariat, presented Ocean policy actions in OCTs.

The EU Ocean Days has gathered high level political representatives and leaders in the field of Oceans, who presented concrete actions to conserve Oceans and mitigate the impacts of Climate Change.