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South Africa celebrates the world ocean day

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8 June 2021: The United Nations world ocean day is being celebrated virtually all over the world today under this year’s theme of ‘life and livelihoods’.

  The day was officially recognized by the UN General Assembly in 2008 and is being observed since 2009. Since 2009 many small and large UN member nations are celebrating world ocean day every year on “8th June”.

The South African government is also celebrating the world’s ocean day today.

In a message from the government:
“This #WorldOceansDay let’s conserve and protect our marine environment. A healthy ocean has the potential to mitigate #climatechange”.
The department of Forestry, Fisheries, and the Environment of South Africa, on this day, is aiming at prioritizing the issue of marine litter and is making efforts to keep the oceans healthy and clean. A live webinar was also arranged on YouTube by the department where different marine scientists and officials participated and highlighted the importance and need for protecting the oceans.
The minister of Forestry, Fisheries, and the Environment of South Africa has introduced a “source to sea” imitative aiming at managing the marine litter sources. On the occasion of world’s ocean day, the minister of the department Barbara Creecy addressed the nation and talked about the “source to sea” program.
“The Source-to-Sea program involves multiple government departments, at the national, provincial, and local level, as well as the private sector and other stakeholders, working in priority catchment areas, and providing job opportunities through the Working for the Coast program”.
The minister stressed the idea of keeping the oceans healthy for South Africa’s ocean economy program and highlighted the importance of Indian, Atlantic, and southern oceans which connects the region, and thus can play an important role in the South African economy
“Our oceans are globally recognized as unique and a hotspot of marine biodiversity. The Atlantic, Southern, and Indian Ocean’s fishing grounds are among the healthiest worldwide, and coastal tourism is, and has the potential to be a significant income earner for many African coastal nations,”

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