United Nations
Declaration on Marine Reserves
by Belgium, Belize, Nauru, Portugal (Government)
The Governments of Belgium, Belize and Nauru are signing a joint Declaration on Marine Reserves.

SDG14.5 calls for 10% of marine protected areas. However, this target is not only about quantity, but also about quality!
Existing efforts to enhance marine conservation and improve management are important, but best available science indicates the marine environment continues to degrade - much more is needed. Marine Reserves are essential to rebuild life in the sea, restore its proper function, and give it the ability to cope with a changing world.

Why we should have them as one of the categories of Marine Protected Areas:
- Reserves sustain and promote ecological processes that support mitigation of climate change and adaptation to its effects
- Reserves provide stepping stones, corridors and safe havens as species adjust to climate change
- As conditions change, reserves support more secure delivery of ecosystem processes and services that people depend on, such as good water quality, productive fisheries and coastal defense

We are co-signing the "Declaration in support for marine reserves to ensure meaningful implementation of SDG 14.5" to cooperate to make the establishment of marine reserves possible; to cooperate to ambitiously increase coverage of marine protected areas and to take a valuable additional step towards reaching SDG14.5.
See rationale: https://prezi.com/dr5ceschqkcu/ocean-conference/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy

Please see the text of the Declaration via the link below.
Progress reports
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
Type of commitment
  • Large Marine Ecosystem approach
  • Ecosystem-based Adaptation
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
Type of commitment
  • No take marine protected area
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
Type of commitment
  • Strengthening ocean governance, for example through the development of a national ocean policy or regional ocean policy
December 2018
Promotion of the concept op marine reserves in several fora
June 2017
Signature of Declaration on Marine Reserves
Staff / Technical expertise
Delegates in international fora and in domestic activities
Basic information
Time-frame: June 2017 - December 2025
Government of Belgium, Government of Belize, Government of Nauru
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Sophie Mirgaux, Ms. , sophie.mirgaux@environment.belgium.be, 0032476862938
Brussels, Belgium
Other SDGs
United Nations