Prime Minister Skerrit Calls for Urgent Action on Ocean Health at Our Ocean Conference

Prime Minister Skerrit of Dominica calls for urgent action at the Our Ocean Conference, urging world leaders to adopt a multilateral approach to transitioning to a sustainable 'Blue Economy' and addressing climate change, overfishing, and marine pollution.

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Prime Minister Skerrit Calls for Urgent Action on Ocean Health at Our Ocean Conference

Prime Minister Skerrit Calls for Urgent Action on Ocean Health at Our Ocean Conference

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit of Dominica addressed the 9th Our Ocean Conference in Athens, Greece, from April 16-17, 2024. The conference, held under the theme 'Our Ocean-An Ocean of Potential,' brought together world leaders, NGOs, academia, and civil society to discuss effective approaches to protect the health of the world's oceans.

During his speech, Prime Minister Skerrit emphasized the urgent need for action to address the crisis facing the world's oceans. He called for a multilateral approach to transitioning to a 'Blue Economy' that balances economic development, social cohesion, and sustainability. Skerrit urged world leaders to implement climate-smart initiatives to preserve the ocean's rich biodiversity and tackle challenges such as climate change, unsustainable fishing, and marine pollution.

Prime Minister Skerrit highlighted Dominica's efforts to mitigate the impacts of climate change, including declaring the first sperm whale reserve and protecting over 45% of the country as a forest reserve and 30% of the sea space as a marine reserve. He also delivered remarks at the opening ceremony of the 1st Our Ocean Film Festival, showcasing Dominica's potential as a viable film and documentary destination.

Grenada's Prime Minister Dickon Mitchell echoed Skerrit's concerns, stating that the Caribbean region's identities are deeply woven into the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, and they are wrestling with the consequences of climate change, nature and biodiversity loss, and pollution. Mitchell outlined Grenada's initiatives, such as its integrated coastal zone management policy, ban on single-use plastics, and blue economy roadmap .

Why this matters: The health of the world's oceans is critical to the survival of the planet and its inhabitants. The Caribbean region, in particular, is highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and ocean degradation, making it imperative for world leaders to take concrete actions to address these pressing issues.

Both Prime Minister Skerrit and Prime Minister Mitchell stressed the importance of cooperation from large land countries, call, multilateral, approach, blue, eco to effectively tackle the challenges facing the oceans. They urged the conference attendees to take more concrete action and provide financing for mitigation measures to address these critical issues and ensure a better future for succeeding generations.

Key Takeaways

  • PM Skerrit of Dominica addressed the 9th Our Ocean Conference in Athens, Greece.
  • Skerrit called for a multilateral approach to transitioning to a 'Blue Economy'.
  • Dominica has declared a sperm whale reserve and protected 45% of land and 30% of sea.
  • PM Mitchell of Grenada outlined initiatives like integrated coastal management and blue economy roadmap.
  • Leaders stressed need for cooperation and financing to address ocean challenges like climate change.