Life Below Water

Goal 14: Life Below Water

The world’s oceans play an essential part in human survival – without water, life is impossible. Apart from providing us with drinking water, food, and rain, our oceans also serve as a platform for water transportation and trade. They help lessen the effects of global warming by absorbing about 30% of carbon dioxide.

Oceans also create employment by being the biggest source of protein on the planet and keeping fisheries in business. Unfortunately, more than 40% of our oceans are altered negatively by pollution and disturbances in the ecosystem.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (UN SDG) 14: Life Below Water aims to reduce all marine pollution by 2025 and to conserve marine and coastal ecosystems by 2020. Management plans will be implemented to prevent over-fishing, and illegal fishing, and to rehabilitate marine life. Consequently, the aim is to conserve at least 10% of all marine areas by 2020.

Taking part in one of our marine conservation programs gives you the chance to take part in a sustainable program which aims to yield long-term results within conservation.

Get involved in conducting research, protecting endangered species, mapping habitats and educating local communities on how to look after their unique environments.

Impact and ethics report

Take a closer look at GVI’s most recent data-driven impact results and process improvements.


Straight from the United Nations

Learn how this goal is working to conserve and sustainably use the oceans and marine resources.

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