Southern African countries call for solidarity to protect oceans

  • World
  • Friday, 09 Jun 2023

GABORONE, June 8 (Xinhua) -- The Southern African Development Community (SADC) on Thursday called on regional countries to enhance the conservation of oceans.

"SADC member states and partners should collaborate to protect marine species, ecosystems and combat land-based pollution that ends up in oceans," said Elias Magosi, executive secretary of SADC based in Gaborone.

"We should implement policies and programs that will reduce plastic pollution, expand protection of marine areas, enhance tackling of illegal fishing and promote responsible fishing practices," Magosi said.

World Ocean Day events are celebrated on June 8 every year. "Planet Ocean: Tides are Changing," is the theme of this year's event.

Magosi is optimistic that all stakeholders will collaborate in promoting sustainable development in the maritime economy, through investments in renewable energy, marine tourism and sustainable aquaculture as key drivers of economic growth.

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