As some of you may know, today is the annual International Day for Biological Diversity. First proclaimed by the United Nations in 1993, the intent of the day is to increase understanding and awareness of issues related to biodiversity. Our team at Marine Conservation Institute has always fought hard to protect biodiversity in our world’s oceans. As a matter of fact, that is what our major initiative, the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) is all about.
Healthy oceans are essential to human survival and prosperity, but they are in deep trouble worldwide. The best way to maintain the oceans’ biological diversity, abundance and resilience is to protect marine life in their ecosystems. A global system of strongly protected marine areas will help to recover marine life so people regain the benefits of healthy oceans. GLORES is designed to catalyze strong protection for at least 20% of the ecosystems in each marine biogeographic region by 2030. Please join us in saluting the importance of biodiversity today, not only in our oceans, but everywhere!