Public worldwide supports ocean sustainability

19 March 2013

Source: Global Ocean Commission

A large majority of global citizens believe governments must take the needs of future generations into account when they set rules governing the global ocean, according to a survey conducted in 13 countries across the world on behalf of the Global Ocean Commission.

The Commission, an independent task force of international leaders working to address threats and challenges to our ocean, released the findings on the eve of its first meeting, in Cape Town, South Africa.

Eighty-five percent of those surveyed agreed that ‘Governments must take the needs of future generations into account when deciding how international parts of the ocean should be used and governed’. Only 5% disagreed.

The strongest endorsement was found in China, where 93% of respondents agreed with the statement, and in Indonesia, with 90%. In no country surveyed was support below 75%.

‘The results show that people around the world are concerned for the future of their ocean and the good things it provides,’ said Trevor Manuel, South African Minister in the Presidency and a Co-chair of the Global Ocean Commission.

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