“Why kill a tree when you can give life to one?” Pencils from algae instead of wood.
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08.08.2018

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In July the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development held the Oceans Forum in Geneva, Switzerland. The focus was on Sustainable Development Goal 14 – “Life below water”. Specifically, it was concerned with the subgoals of fishery subsidies and sustainable management.

Seafood provides 20 per cent of animal protein for 3.2 billion people, and 200 million jobs are directly related to fishing. But around one-third of global fish stocks are in danger. One reason is the subsidies for fishing fleets and fishing industries. Possible solutions were discussed in the session of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) as part of the 2nd Oceans Forum on Trade-related Aspects of SDG 14, which was held in Geneva in mid-July. The Forum was hosted by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) together with the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The motto was “Use trade to help, not harm, global fisheries”.

The goal is to reduce the number of fishery subsidies

Tackling the fisheries subsidies that facilitate overfishing – such as fuel subsidies, which make it affordable for industrial fleets to plunder the deep seas – is a concern for many countries.

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