The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC) was founded in 1909, and is the largest environmental organization in Sweden with the power to bring about change. We spread knowledge, chart environmental threats, propose solutions and influence politicians and authorities, both nationally and internationally together with partner organizations. Under democratic forms, we work regionally in 24 county branches and locally in 270 community branches. With 226 000 members, SSNC has the ability to mobilize regional and local stakeholders to pay attention and take the necessary steps towards reaching the objects of the SDGs.
We, as an NGO, commit to strive for healthy oceans and marine ecosystems that can deliver ecosystem services by:
- Stronger regulation and restrictions on destructive fishing practices such as bottom trawling
- No illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing
- Protection and restoration of coastal ecosystems such as mangroves and seagrass meadows
- Better regulation on hazardous substances and plastics
- More and better managed Marine Protected Areas
In addition, we will also work with capacity building of member based organizations in low income countries (LDCs) in Asia, Latin America and Africa for gender equality, democracy, transparency and their full participation in decision-making processes related to fisheries and ocean/coastal use and management, and thus promote global solidarity.
Implementation methodologies include:
- Evaluate the progress on SDG commitments, communicate best practices and highlight areas where governments can improve.
- Publish reports, particitpate in advisory councils and answer public consultations.
- Together with partners, and our membership in the EC Long Distance Fleet Advisory Council, work towards transparent and fair EU-third country fisheries agreements, and the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small Scale Fisheries, both in EUs fishery policy and in LDCs.
- Capacity building and training activities.
- Support local initiatives for marine conservation and protection.
Gathered information, knowledge and experiences derived from working with our commitment, will further be transferred to our members, partner organizations and policy makers. Through our extensive collaboration with schools in Sweden, the stated commitment should also engage youth and raise awareness of issues related to the state of our oceans.
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
By 2020, prohibit certain forms of fisheries subsidies which contribute to overcapacity and overfishing, eliminate subsidies that contribute to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and refrain from introducing new such subsidies, recognizing that appropriate and effective special and differential treatment for developing and least developed countries should be an integral part of the World Trade Organization fisheries subsidies negotiation
By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
Provide access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets
Enhance the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in UNCLOS, which provides the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources, as recalled in paragraph 158 of The Future We Want
Through our own fund remove dams that endanger marine life reproduction and nutrient balances within the Baltic sea.
Spread our own and jointly produced position papers to policy makers.
Actively engage in processes enabling marine protection on both national and European level.
Produce material for member engagement to improve the state of our oceans.