During the 2018 Our Ocean Conference in Bali, Indonesia, France presented its recent commitments with respect to the protection and sustainable development of the ocean. France committed a €2.5 million grant to the World Bank’s Blue Action Fund, which supports national and international non-governmental organizations in their efforts to conserve oceans and coastlines.
France’s robust commitment to ocean protection
France has formalized several commitments with respect to the protection and the sustainable development of the ocean. France will launch by 2019 a national action plan for the protection of cetaceans, will carry out two studies to increase knowledge about coral reef protection and will foster the creation of an additional Marine Protected Area (MPA) in international waters by 2022.
Among its commitments to combat marine pollution, France will equip its wastewater management network with filters for plastic particles by 2022 in order to prevent the release of these particles into the ocean, will support at European level the ban of 12 single use plastic products by 2022 and will establish a system for collecting and recovering used fishing nets.
Given the size of its exclusive economic zone, France has a particular responsibility regarding the protection and sustainable development of the ocean. During the 2018 Our Ocean Conference, France presented its strategy, actions and commitments on two key pillars to preserve marine environments: the enhancement of Marine Protected Areas and the fight against marine pollution.
The future of our oceans is of critical importance for humankind
The oceans form the basis of the ecosystems that make the earth habitable for humankind: They contain 50 times more carbon than the atmosphere and absorb around 30% of the CO2 produced by humans. Furthermore, approximately 1 billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for their means of existence. As specified in the IPCC report released on 6 October 2018, the ocean environment is threatened by climate change, which poses a significant threat to the future of humankind. It is for these reasons that it is essential to preserve and restore the balances that are currently being threatened.