Ocean acidification, illegal fishing and overfishing, and marine and water pollution are currently putting our marine and water ecosystems at risk. Nevertheless, coastal and aquatic areas represent major sources of biodiversity and opportunities for economic and human development, in particular for small island developing States and least developed countries. Goal 14 therefore calls for the conservation and sustainable management of these vulnerable areas.

How can sport address this issue ?

Numerous sports activities depend on the conservation of coastal, marine and water-related ecosystems. The sports world is committed to addressing this challenge.

Participation in sports, particularly water sports, enables us to find out about these ecosystems and the importance of conserving them.

Furthermore, the sports industry, which includes athletes, event organisers and companies, is developing innovative solutions to preserve these ecosystems.