Australia endorses international Ocean Conservation Pledge

17 November 2022

The Australian Government has today at COP27 endorsed the Ocean Conservation Pledge – a global movement calling on countries to conserve or protect at least 30 per cent of the ocean within their jurisdiction by 2030.

Australia is a world leader in sustainable ocean management, with 45 per cent of our ocean currently managed within marine protected areas.

Australia is now linking its domestic ambition and expertise with a global movement.

The global Pledge will be critical to safeguard marine life and improve the world’s resilience to climate change.

The ocean is a great moderator for our climate.

It’s one of the world’s largest and most important carbon sinks, and ocean currents play a critical role transporting heat around the globe.

It’s important that all countries do their part in protecting and sustainably managing the ocean.

As an island nation, Australians have always given the highest value to a healthy ocean.

Australia is already showcasing global leadership when it comes to a healthy and resilient ocean, but of course there is always more to do.

The Government is acting to stamp out marine plastics and pollution and supporting Pacific neighbours as they confront the crises brought about by climate change and rising sea levels.

Quotes attributable to Minister for the Environment and Water, the Hon Tanya Plibersek MP:

“Endorsing the Ocean Conservation Pledge was an easy decision – because it lines up so perfectly with our government’s increased ambition to protect and conserve our ocean.

“This pledge is another step in the right direction for Australia and the world, and something we are very proud to be a part of.

“I extend my thanks to the United States for leading this pledge, and look forward to working together to continue the fight to ensure a healthy, productive and prosperous ocean.”