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Ocean Conference

Lisbon will host the United Nations Ocean Conference from 27 June to 1 July 2022, organised with the support of the governments of Portugal and Kenya.

The conference will serve as a call to action for the oceans, a call for leaders all around the world and all relevant sectors to aim higher, mobilise partnerships and increase investment in scientific and innovative approaches to reverse the decline in ocean health. The event is open to communities, businesses and all those who want to play an active role in reducing marine pollution and commit to the responsible consumption of ocean resources.

Save Our Ocean, Protect Our Future
Save Our Ocean, Protect Our Future is the motto of the conference. These are challenging times, which require effective cuts in greenhouse gas emissions: in the last 30 years, the ocean has not absorbed only about 10% of the Earth's temperature increase. Yet only about 40% of large marine ecosystems are still preserved or used sustainably, and 65-70% of marine habitats are believed to persist.

Portugal is more Ocean than Land
In a nation with the third largest Exclusive Economic Zone in the European Union, the Portuguese sea makes up 18 times its land area and is therefore of vital importance to the country.
The Portuguese coast is extensive: between the mainland and the islands there are more than 2,800 km of coastline where you can look out over the horizon, a variety of natural conditions and an exceptional climate, providing unforgettable experiences at every moment. In Portugal, there are 352 beaches awarded the European Blue Flag and 214 are considered Accessible Beaches.

An ideal country for Surfing
In Portugal, surf is practised all year round - because every day there are good waves for everyone, from beginners to the most experienced. Some say that there is no other coast in the world with so many spots within such a short distance. Highlights include the Ericeira Surfing Reserve, the first in Europe to be classified by the Save the Waves Coalition, where great moments are generated for surfers and bodyboarders, and the "Nazaré Canyon", where the underwater geology allows the formation of giant and perfect waves, already known worldwide and sought after by the bravest surfers.

Marine Natural Parks and Reserves
Enjoying free time by the sea is not only about sport, it is also about beautiful and green landscapes in front of an endless mirror of water and beaches that invite you to rest and relax. The Portuguese Natural Parks with an oceanic component are recognised throughout the world, especially those on the west coast, such as Sintra-Cascais and Arrábida, and to the south, the beautiful Ria Formosa with its labyrinthine canals. These are certified destinations, with great marine attributes, where preservation comes first.

For a Better Planet, a Better Tourism
In this world, tourism must also be guided by sustainable behaviour and do its part in preserving the oceans.
Reducing the use of plastic is a major challenge: 11 million tonnes of plastic end up in the ocean every year, affecting more than a million seabirds and thousands of aquatic mammals. And there is an increasing urgency to make use of all fish, an important source of protein, reducing waste. As followers of the Mediterranean Diet, this cause is dear to the Portuguese: with so much coastline and so fertile in fish, the country takes sustainability into account in order to preserve the gastronomy and the health of its ocean.

Every simple gesture counts and in a country as attentive to these issues as Portugal, there is special attention on several fronts, whether in fishing activity or in the preservation of bathing areas, among many others. All of these are fundamental in the protection of the oceans and central to this Conference, which will take place in a country that values its coast so much.

Find out all at www.un.org/en/conferences/ocean2022.


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