OceanCare is committed to securing protection for whales in the worlds oceans. In particular, OceanCare has shed light on the health risks of whale meat consumption and as a long standing observer of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) OceanCare has worked extensively to input and improve the effectiveness of the Commission in its conservation work.
OceanCare views the SDGs as an opportunity for the worlds leaders to address the whaling issue from a more holistic perspective than what has been possible to-date, taking into account the valuable socio-economic benefits that whales bring in terms of ecotourism and ecosystem services, which contribute towards healthy oceans and fisheries. As such, OceanCare is committed to bringing its extensive background of work on cetacean protection into the relevant SDG discussions, providing stakeholders with the necessary information to have informed discussions and to promoting a more collaborative approach between the IWC and relevant UN agreements.
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
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
Intensify conservation and awareness raising efforts particularly in regions where cetacean populations are vulnerable by promoting high-quality, education-based, respectful and benign encounters with marine life while striving for local communities to enjoy the sustainable economic benefits of such mutually beneficial eco-tourism activities
Provide support for a workshop planned by partner NGOs entitled Role of cetaceans in ecosystem functioning: defining conservation policies in the 21st century at the 2017 International Congress for Conservation Biology aimed at enhancing discussion on this emerging topic and approaches to integrate it in decision-making processes related to the conservation and management of these species at the regional, national, and international level.
Effectively demonstrate to governments participating in both the SDG process and within the International Whaling Commission, through the provision of scientific materials and reports, the critical role that whales play in ocean sustainability and the need to support whale protection measures to achieve the relevant SDG targets