Goal Fourteen: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

The world’s oceans – their temperature, chemistry, currents and life – drive global systems that make the Earth habitable for humankind. Our rainwater, drinking water, weather, climate, coastlines, much of our food, and even the oxygen in the air we breathe, are all ultimately provided and regulated by the sea. Throughout history, oceans and seas have been vital conduits for trade and transportation. Careful management of this essential global resource is a key feature of a sustainable future.

Overview of some indicators

Proportion of fish stocks within biologically sustainable levels
Coverage of protected areas in relation to marine areas

The National Strategy for the Protection of the Environment  was prepared in cooperation between the Supreme Council for the Environment and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), in cooperation with the various organizations in the sectors related to the environment, research centers, universities, civil society organizations and a group of international experts. This strategy was approved by the Cabinet in the Kingdom of Bahrain in October 2006. Several programs and projects aimed at implementing this strategy have been developed.

In order to reserve the marine and coastal environment within the Kingdom of Bahrain and to protect it against improper human activities, the environmental authorities have declared certain territorial waters as national marine sanctuaries. Under Decrees and Ministerial Orders, Ras Sanad at Tubli Bay, Tubli Bay, Huwar Islands, Mashtan Island, and the Arad Bay have been declared as national marine sanctuaries . These national sanctuaries vary in their natural and ecological characteristics and in the objectives and purposes for which they have been declared.

The Kingdom of Bahrain has followed the Environmental Protection Initiative of the United Nations through a number of initiatives and projects in collaboration with the environmental organizations of the civil society and the United Nations. In 2018, Bahrain joined the Clean Seas Global Campaign and as a result,  the Cabinet has issued two ministerial decrees prohibiting the importation of the plastic wastes and another for setting the specifications and standards for the plastic bags that would be allowed to be used in the local market, which is mandatory to be biodegradable.

Goal One: End poverty in all its forms everywhere
Goal Two: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
Goal Three: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all age
Goal Four: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
Goal Five: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Goal Six: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Goal Seven: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
Goal Eight: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
Goal Nine: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
Goal Ten: Reduce inequality within and among countries
Goal Eleven:  Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Goal Twelve:Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Goal Thirteen: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts[b]
Goal Fourteen: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
Goal Fifteen: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
Goal Sixteen: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
Goal Seventeen: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development
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