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Launching this #Act4SDGs Week, 20-30 Sept 2019, Project AWARE's new interactive infographic illustrates and maps how conservation goals for a clean and healthy ocean, including underwater citizen science action, support the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“Project AWARE®’s conservation strategy for a return to a Clean and Healthy Ocean, including underwater citizen science programs like Dive Against Debris®, is in alignment with the SDGs in a number of target areas.” says Ian Campbell, Project AWARE Associate Director Policy and Campaigns. “This new interactive infographic - Achieving a Sustainable Future - highlights those areas and Project AWARE’s commitment to supporting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as well as highlighting how an individual’s participation in our citizen science program contributes to global conservation targets.”
As marine debris not only impacts the underwater world but also our health, the economy, natural resources, and food security, the data collected through Dive Against Debris®, Project AWARE’s flagship citizen science program, provides essential quantitative and qualitative information that countries can use to show progress towards achieving the SDGs.
Project AWARE’s new infographic clearly maps the 17 SDGs and identifies which targets are relevant to Project AWARE’s Clean and Healthy Ocean Strategy to increase collaboration with country leaders and support their nations’ tracking and implementation of the 17 SDGs.
“Being a scientifically grounded citizen science survey of seafloor marine debris, Dive Against Debris® provides a sound metric through which nations can track their progress towards achieving a number of different targets across the SDGs including but not limited to SDG14 - Life Below Water.” comments Hannah Pragnell-Raasch, Project AWARE Policy Specialist. “Additionally, having a standardized survey protocol and streamlined data reporting through the Dive Against Debris app, nations can implement regular marine debris surveys to monitor their marine environment.”
Project AWARE is prioritizing engagement with governments from some of the top 5 plastic leakage countries as defined in the research completed by Jambeck et al., 2015 as well as Thailand where sound data has already been reported through Dive Against Debris®.
The New Infographic also illustrates and highlights how we can all be part of the solution and together achieve a sustainable future for people and our blue planet.
Dive into Project AWARE’s new Achieving a Sustainable Future Infographic and if you’re a scuba diver, make #EveryDiveASurveyDive to positively support your country or countries you’re visiting in achieving the 169 targets set by the United Nations for a more sustainable future. www.projectaware.org/unsdgs