During World Water Week from 26 to 31 of August, senior corporate representatives will bring industry perspectives and examples on addressing the linkages between land and sea and implementing Sustainable Development Goals 6 and 14. The World Ocean Council will be Chairing a Session focusing on “Water, ecosystems and human development”.
According to a UN forum progress has been made on achieving global goals to end poverty and hunger. However, meeting the targets by the deadline of 2030 will require a laser-sharp focus and a true sense of urgency. Currently, Sweden is the country most on course to achieving the SDGs, with Europe doing best so far.
The British Ports Association has published a sustainable development resolution, which aims to support the dual aims of a strong and healthy environment and a thriving economy. This resolution commits to sustainable development and is working constructively with industry, Government and environmental groups.
Maersk Supply Service will support The Ocean Cleanup by installing their first clean up system in the North Pacific. This will mark the beginning of the initiative of collecting floating ocean plastic debris. The Ocean Cleanup along with Maersk Supply Service will install the first offshore cleaning system this fall, in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
The Port of Oakland has allocated $70,000 to a local non-profit to prepare local workers for careers in the environmental construction trades. This initiative aims to promote energy efficiency, and solar industries and will support the Port in its development projects.
Nor Shipping, taking place in Oslo from 4 to 7 June 2019, will focus on green and sustainable shipping. Namely, Nor Shipping will devote an entire hall on Blue Economy, while it announced more initiatives to promote sustainability and new talent in the maritime industry.
In a report presented to the European Parliament and Council in late July, the European Commission found that the goal of biologically diverse, clean and healthy seas by 2020 is unlikely to be achieved through the measures put in place by Member States under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive.
The Government of Canada announced an agreement in principle for the transfer, as of 30 March 2020, of the ports of Matane, Gaspé, Rimouski and Gros-Cacouna to the Government of Quebec, under the Port Facility Transfer Program, which is expected to contribute to the sustainability of these facilities.
MOL issued Japan’s green bonds through a public offering in the country’s domestic market. It also announced the acquisition of a second opinion from a third-party institute. Green bonds are used to raise funds for businesses aimed at protecting and improving the environment.
The Port of Gothenburg has started replanting 1.7 hectares of eelgrass beds to compensate for the eelgrass that will disappear while the port is building a new terminal. It is the largest replantion of eelgrass ever in Sweden. Eelgrass test plantings have now commenced in two locations just outside port area.
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