Trinidad and Tobago joins British alliance 30by30 for marine protection
Trinidad and Tobago has become one of the latest countries to join the Global Ocean Alliance and the High Ambition Coalition (HAC) for Nature and People, an environmental initiative developed by the United Kingdom.
Planning Minister Camille Robinson-Regis and British High Commissioner Harriet Cross made the announcement on Saturday.
The alliance now consists of 54 countries, which aims to protect at least 30 percent of the world’s ocean in marine protected areas and other effective conservation measures by area, two separate designations, by 2030, a program called “30by30 goal.”
Robinson-Regis sent an official letter to UK Minister of State for the Pacific and Environment Zac Goldsmith pledging support for the target by the TT government.
She said joining the alliance strengthens government efforts for the conservation and sustainable use of the country’s biodiversity resources.
“The TT Cabinet recognizes that by joining the Global Ocean Alliance and the High Ambition Coalition, the TT government will support the adoption of a ’30 out of 30′ target for lands and oceans within the global biodiversity framework. post 2020, within the framework of the Convention on Biological Diversity. “
British High Commissioner Harriet Cross congratulated the country on joining the alliance and coalition, saying: “When we protect our natural environment, we protect people and animals and help build resilience to climate change in the world. TT and around the world.
“It is only through global alliances and cooperation that we can achieve the goal of protecting at least 30% of the world’s ocean by 2030.
“The UK reaffirms its commitment to work with TT to increase protection for its precious marine environment and wildlife.
In a statement, the Ministry of Planning and Development noted that “TT’s membership in (the alliance and coalition) will benefit the country’s environment as well as its economic activity.”
Since 80 percent of socio-economic activities and 70 percent of the country’s population are located along the coast, becoming a member of the HAC, according to the statement, “will demonstrate multilateral and cooperative global leadership, and thus enable TT to speak out in advancing the need for support to achieve its own conservation and preservation goals, and effective management of protected and conserved areas, including through fundraising efforts. “
The HAC for Nature and People is an interregional group, led by Costa Rica, France and the United Kingdom, created to reverse the trend of biodiversity loss and revive ecosystems essential for the survival of species and humanity. .
“It will also promote the integral role that additional land and marine protection must play in greenhouse gas mitigation under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change,” the statement said.
“Scientific evidence indicates that effective protection of at least 30% of the world’s ocean will help reverse adverse effects, preserve fish populations, increase resilience to climate change and maintain ocean health at long term. This is also a good example of a nature-based solution / ecosystem-based approach. “
The statement said Robinson-Regis and Cross share the view that the partnership will strengthen TT’s environmental goals.