Arabia Weather - The marine environment and oceans are considered one of the areas most affected by climate change and human activities. They are a vital part of the Earth's planetary system, and play an essential role in supporting life on Earth. For this reason, marine conservation has a special place on the world's agenda today, and through a global platform dedicated to this purpose, international efforts can be strengthened to preserve this important and threatened ecological wealth. .
The marine environment makes up more than two-thirds of the Earth's surface, contains 97% of planetary water, and is an essential source of oxygen and environmental resources. About 3 billion people depend on marine and coastal resources as their main means of livelihood, and they play an essential role in achieving global food security and absorbing greenhouse gases.
In this context, the COP28 global platform for preserving the marine environment comes to be an international forum that brings together leaders, experts and institutions to participate in discussing the challenges of the marine environment and developing a sustainable solution to them. The Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP) , which is held regularly, is considered an important place. To discuss these issues, it demonstrates the world's commitment to confronting marine environmental challenges.
The UAE recently hosted the COP28 conference , which was an opportunity to shed light on the challenges facing the marine environment and mechanisms for preserving it. This dedication to marine environmental issues comes as part of the sustainable development goals that the United Nations is working on to preserve the oceans and seas and use them sustainably.
These efforts include promoting the conservation of marine protected areas, reducing marine pollution, improving plastic waste management, and increasing public awareness of the importance of the marine environment. Furthermore, challenges facing the marine environment include climate change, rising ocean temperatures, and beach erosion, issues that require joint international efforts. To address it.
Head of the Department of Environmental Biotechnology at Misr University of Science and Technology, Dr. Tahseen Shoala, confirmed that the “COP28” conference constitutes an important global platform that aims to enhance efforts made to preserve the marine environment by unifying and coordinating the efforts of countries, partners and international organizations, as the conference seeks to increase the horizons of cooperation in the fields of work. Regarding the marine environment, its resources and wealth, this is fully in line with global efforts to reduce emissions resulting from global warming, which threaten the planet and all forms of life, including marine organisms.
The COP28 conference focuses in particular on the necessity of preserving and preserving the marine environment in proportion to its vital role in stabilizing the global ecosystem and contributing to preserving the global climate. This comes in light of the increasing pressures on the marine environment, including climate change. , rising ocean temperatures, pollution, and unsustainable exploitation of marine resources.
Dr. Shaala points out that the COP28 conference’s interest in the marine environment is in line with the great efforts made by the United Arab Emirates to preserve the marine environment. The UAE has established 16 marine reserves to preserve endangered species, rehabilitated coastal sites, and adopted advanced monitoring programs based on artificial intelligence technologies. It has undertaken efforts to cultivate coral reefs, develop mangroves, and aquaculture.
Data issued by Yale University indicate that these sustainable Emirati efforts led the country to achieve first place globally in the Environmental Performance Index for the year 2022, in addition to topping first place regionally and third place globally in the Ecosystem Vitality Index and first place regionally in the Biodiversity and Natural Habitats Index. .
Dr. Shula points out the importance of the “COP28” conference and the extent of its impact on global efforts to preserve the marine environment in light of the increasing challenges it faces. It is expected that the conference will result in important recommendations and initiatives that contribute to strengthening the efforts of organizations concerned with protecting the marine environment and contributing to achieving global environmental goals.
The establishment of a global platform for the preservation of the marine environment reflects the international commitment to protecting this important natural heritage. With joint cooperation and united efforts, the world can achieve its goals in preserving the marine environment for our current generation and future generations. It is an opportunity we urgently need to seize to ensure the sustainability of the planet and protect its unique ecological diversity.
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