Oceans, seas and coastal areas form an integrated and essential component of the Earth’s ecosystem and are critical to sustainable development.
Coasts are the place where the connection between people and their prosperity with oceans and seas come together. Why? Over three billion people depend on coastal resources and as a place to live, work and take their leisure time.
13 of the world’s 20 megacities are coastal, which is testament to their importance for national and global social and economic well-being, whilst coasts represents some of the most vulnerable areas to climate change and the impacts of human activities.
It comes as no surprise that successfully achieving the targets of SDG 14 will be necessary for the achievement of a number of other SDG goals. Find out more at the Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform