Washington – Morocco's Minister of the Environment and COP22 Special Envoy, Hakima El Haite, called, on Friday in Washington, for a global partnership to protect biodiversity and the wealth of the oceans.
Washington – Morocco’s Minister of the Environment and COP22 Special Envoy, Hakima El Haite, called, on Friday in Washington, for a global partnership to protect biodiversity and the wealth of the oceans.
“We need a global partnership to develop a strategy to protect our oceans,” said El Haite, who was speaking at a panel entitled “Oceans’ Champions,” held as part of the 3rd “Our Ocean” conference.
She stressed, in this regard, the utmost importance and the key role of the oceans in the functioning of the planet as a major regulator of weather and climate, adding that the protection of marine resources is not just “an environmental, but also economic and human priority.”
For Morocco, which has two coastlines stretching over 3,500 km, oceans are “a risk and an opportunity” at the same time, she noted, adding that 16 pc of the population and almost 90 pc of industrial and tourist activities in the country are based on the coasts.
El Haite also said that the oceans, which have not been specifically mentioned in the Paris Agreement, will be at the heart of the 22nd Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22), to be held on November 7-18 in Marrakech.