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Marine Conservation

Marine Conservation

Our oceans contain 97 percent of the world’s water resources. They are rich in biodiversity and supply natural resources, food as well as active substances for medicines. Furthermore, they store energy supplies, serve as routes of transport and offer high recreational value. In short, the value of the world’s oceans is immense – in social, environmental and economic terms.

Das Wattenmeer in Niedersachsen im Sonnenuntergang.

Latest on Marine Conservation

Steffi Lemke und eine Frau in der Menschenmenge
Press International | 28.07.23

High and lows at the meeting of the G20

For the first time, the G20 devoted special attention to forest conservation. The ministers agreed on better cooperation to protect water and combat global plastic pollution.

Press Marine Conservation | 06.03.23

Historic breakthrough on ocean protection

The international community successfully concluded negotiations for a new treaty to protect the world's oceans at an intergovernmental conference in New York on Saturday evening.

Press Marine Conservation | 16.12.22

Intact oceans are prerequisite for protecting biodiversity and climate

Marine protection and nature-friendly use of the oceans are also a priority at the UN Biodiversity Conference in Montréal, Canada. Over 70 percent of our planet is covered by ocean.

Wattenmeer in der Nordsee im Sonnenuntergang
Press Marine Conservation | 30.11.22

Improved protection of Wadden Sea World Heritage

At the end of the Wadden Sea Conference in Wilhelmshaven, a new integrated Wadden Sea plan was adopted and a trilaterally coordinated research program initiated.

Weiße Flagge mit COP27-Logo im Wind
Press International | 20.11.22

COP27 ends with mixed results following tough negotiations

The 27th World Climate Conference (COP27) ended in Sharm el-Sheikh. The federal government has called for more ambition in containing the climate crisis and for more solidarity with the countries most affected.

Krake in Tiefsee
Press Marine Conservation | 01.11.22

Germany will not sponsor deep-sea mining until further notice

The German federal government has called for a precautionary pause in deep-sea mining. It was stated that it would not support any applications for commercial exploitation of raw materials in the deep sea until further notice.

Press Marine Conservation | 22.08.22

Germany joins international coalition against plastic waste

Germany has joined the international High Ambition Coalition to End Plastic Pollution by 2040.

Press Marine Conservation | 08.06.22

Healthy oceans for more biodiversity and effective climate action

To commemorate United Nations World Oceans Day, German Environment Minister, Steffi Lemke, is calling for greater protection of the world’s oceans.

Plastikmüll am Strand
Press International | 01.03.22

Global agreement to combat flood of plastic within reach

A legally binding UN agreement to halt the pollution of the environment and oceans with plastic waste is a top priority of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA).

Press Marine Conservation | 20.10.21

HELCOM adopts 10-year plan for the Baltic Sea

The Baltic Sea Action Plan focuses in particular on activities against pollution of the Baltic Sea.

Press Marine Conservation | 01.10.21

OSPAR countries agree on a new 10-year strategy

The environment ministers of the North-East Atlantic countries agreed in Cascais, Portugal on the establishment of a new marine protected area.

Press Circular Economy | 02.09.21

International Ministerial Conference to combat marine litter

Representatives from the governments of Germany, Ecuador, Ghana and Viet Nam hosted a first International Ministerial Conference on Marine Litter and Plastic Pollution in Geneva.


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