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UN Environment's Regional Seas Programme is working around the world to protect oceans and coastlines - and the communities that depend on them.
UN Environment has partnered with cartoonist Jim Toomey – of Sherman’s Lagoon fame – to develop a series of two-minute videos that highlight the importance of oceans and the coastal environment.
A lot of our trash ends up in the ocean- even trash discarded far upstream. Marine litter can travel hundreds of miles via rivers and waterways to even the most remote parts of the planet.
Sea levels are rising at an increasing rate, threatening coastal communities with floods and storm surges. At the same time, ecosystem health is being weakened, leaving shorelines less able to protect communities from impacts.
Dive tourism is increasing at a rate of nearly one million new divers every year. Great news for the dive industry, but what about potential impacts on coral reefs and marine ecosystems?
Pollution from land comes in many forms with the majority of it coming from wastewater and agricultural runoff. UN Environment's Regional Seas Programme support member states in regulating pollution through legal protocols.