sent by Rachel Silverstein
The world’s oceans and coasts – the Blue World – are the
cornucopia for humanity. They provide us with food, oxygen and
Most of the world’s international trade travels by sea. Sea floors
yield important minerals, sand and gravel. Technology is beginning to
tap new sources of energy from ocean tides, waves and wind. Coastal
habitats provide firewood, fibres and other resources, are natural
carbon sinks and protect from storms and surges. Ocean views have been
shown to improve people’s wellbeing and are an important reason homes
near the sea have higher value. Tourism that relies on clean beaches,
safe water and abundant marine wildlife provides many ocean communities
with jobs, income and foreign exchange. Ocean recreation offers both
market and non-market benefits to residents and visitors of the coasts.
You may find the full report on the UNEP website here.