Left Menu
Development News Edition

UK pledges protection for corals

The UK has officially joined the Coral Reef Life Declaration, committing to safeguarding coral reefs.

Government Press Release | Updated: 09-04-2018 15:56 IST | Created: 09-04-2018 15:47 IST
UK pledges protection for corals
International work to protect these vital marine habitats is gathering momentum. (Image Credit: Government of UK)

The UK has joined a global battle to safeguard the world's coral reefs from climate change and rising sea temperatures, Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey announced today.

International work to protect these vital marine habitats is gathering momentum as coral reefs come under increasing pressure from climate change and human activity – and today the UK officially joined the Coral Reef Life Declaration, committing to safeguard coral reefs and bolster scientific research into the threats they face.

The announcement comes just one week ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, where member states will gather in London to agree on further global measures to protect our oceans.

From Australia's iconic Great Barrier Reef to 8,000-year-old cold-water corals off the coast of the UK, the countries of the Commonwealth account for nearly half the world's coral reefs – and over 250 million people across the Commonwealth depend directly on coral reefs for food and income.

Speaking from the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, where High Commissioners and members of the UK's science community gathered today to celebrate marine science across the Commonwealth, the Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey said:

Few people know the waters around the UK contain riches to rival the tropics – with our waters home to a vast array of cold water coral reefs that protect important marine life.

Through tapping into the UK's world-leading marine science and working with our partners across the Commonwealth, we will help to safeguard this vital habitat and protect our oceans for future generations.

The Coral Reef Life Declaration was launched by Prince Albert II of Monaco at the Our Ocean conference in Malta in October last year to encourage countries to come together to protect coral reefs. So far 12 countries have signed the declaration, including Australia, Fiji, and Seychelles.

The UK's waters are home to cold-water corals over 8,000 years old, with the only known coral reef in English waters protected as a Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ).

The Canyons MCZ, located off the Cornish coast, covers an area of more than 650 km2 and was designated in 2013 to protect the cold-water corals found there. There are also extensive reefs off the west coast of Scotland where there are seven Marine Protected Areas safeguarding this fragile habitat from damage.

The UK's Overseas Territories also hold a huge array of tropical and cold water coral reefs. Through our Blue Belt programme, we are currently on track to protect over four million square kilometers of the ocean across the Overseas Territories by 2020, working with local communities to protect the coral species within.

This year has also been made the International Year of the Reef by the International Coral Reef Initiative – the leading organization dedicated to protecting these habitats.

Download The Devdiscourse News App for Latest News.


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

Energy markets post-COVID 19: Recovery may take time, transition to continue

As oil markets have crashed, the experts believe the oil prices will come down drastically and continue making the energy transition a financial burden for many economies for a couple of years.  However, the market alone was never...

'Diya jalao' for COVID 19: Modi needs to practice his teachings and control fake news on social media

In his video message to the nation on Friday the Prime Minister talks about peoples collective power to win the invincible. However, he has made no concreate efforts to win over the confidence and represent the collective power of the polit...

Tourism post-COVID 19: Lessons learned, out-of-box strategies to ensure the revival

In the pre-COVID 19 period the tourism industry was seen with much hope throughout the world. However, the COVID 19 pandemic has completely paralysed the tourism industry and its dependent sectors. The tourism industry in the post-COVID 19 ...

Cybersecurity post-COVID 19: More internet means more threats, stay alert folks!

When supported by adequate digital awareness campaigns and more crackdowns on cybercrimes, increased internet usage will help more people embrace technology and better understand the risks, bringing us closer to unleashing the true potentia...

Videos

Latest News

Coronavirus: TAFE expands free tractor rental scheme to Raj, UP to help marginal farmers

Farm equipment major TAFE is expanding its free tractor rental scheme to Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh to help small and marginal farmers during the coronavirus pandemic. The company, which on Thursday announced the scheme to help small farme...

Sangh workers distributing 1.3 lakh food packets in national capital daily: RSS Delhi unit

From providing food to the needy to launching helpline for medical assistance, Sangh workers are doing everything to help people in the national capital during the coronavirus lockdown, RSS Delhi unit general secretary Bharat Arora said on ...

‘Rick and Morty’ scribe to write ‘Ant-Man 3’ for Marvel

Marvel Studios has roped in Jeff Loveness, the scribe of popular animated series Rick and Morty, to pen the screenplay for the third Ant-Man film. Peyton Reed, who directed the first film Ant-Man in 2015 and then its 2018 sequel Ant-Man and...

State power utilities gear up for blackout on Sunday

State load dispatch centres and transmission utilities are gearing up to deal with the possibility of any adverse impact on the electricity grid on Sunday following the Prime Ministers blackout appeal. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Frid...

Give Feedback