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Oceans are Key to Humanity’s Survival and Well Being
Covering more than two-thirds of the planet, oceans are key to humanity’s survival and well-being. With their vastness supporting the world’s largest volume of life, oceans serve as food source for roughly 3.1 billion people and source of livelihood for more than 500 million people around the globe, according to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity. But apart from providing us food and livelihood, marine ecosystems produce most of the Earth’s oxygen, the reason they are called “lungs of the Earth.”

Healthy marine ecosystems play a central role in mitigating the impacts of climate change, as well as in climate adaptation. Oceans sequester and store carbon and absorb excess heat. Coastal ecosystems, on the other hand, act as natural buffers against sea level rise and storm surges, as well as serve as spawning grounds for marine life and fisheries.

With the pressure of a growing population and increasing human activities, such as overexploitation, sedimentation, and pollution, these rich and globally important marine resources are under serious threat.

 
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