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Blue Nature Alliance aims to restore 7 million square miles of ocean in five years

April 20, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Ariel view of Navatu Reef on the Lau Group (??Ron Vave).

An ambitious mission to protect 5% of the world's ocean in five years launched on Tuesday. The program is a collaboration between non-profits including Conservation International and The Pew Charitable Trusts.

A collaboration between Conservation International and other environmental and social non-profits -- including The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Global Environment Facility, Minderoo Foundation, and the Rob and Melani Walton Foundation -- the Blue Nature Alliance has raised $125 million to protect the ocean from these threats.

In Antarctica's Southern Ocean, where the Alliance wants to protect an area double the size of Indonesia, its efforts are focused on keeping out industrial fishing and preserving the species that are key to the food chain there, such as leopard seals, penguins and krill.

Efforts from the Blue Nature Alliance will contribute towards a global conservation initiative to protect at least 30% of the ocean by 2030, a goal expected to be ratified at the United Nations Biodiversity Conference later this year.

"As greenhouse gas emissions continue to threaten our world, restoring and maintaining the health of our ocean through efforts such as the Blue Nature Alliance can help to preserve biodiversity and buffer the planet against the devastating impacts of climate change," she said.

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