COVID-19 Pandemic Provides Opportunity to Protect Oceans: Report
From Global Citizen
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The COVID-19 pandemic presents countries with a unique opportunity to reverse the decades-long deterioration of the oceans, according to a new report released Wednesday by the United Nations’ Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).
As ocean traffic decreases amid vast economic slowdowns, new policies can be put in place that allow for more sustainable interactions with the ocean.
"During these challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is crucial to take advantage of the window of opportunity offered by reduced emissions and energy demand to protect the marine environment," Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, head of ESCAP, said at the report’s launch event.