By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
Authorities in Costa Rica convened a national consultation last Thursday discussing a series of over 20 voluntary commitments that the country accepted for the conservation of marine resources.
According to a statement by the Ministerio de Planificación, Costa Rica is one of 25 countries in the world who will present its voluntary commitments at the World Oceans Conference to be held beginning June 5 in New York. 40 representatives from government institutions, academia, fishing sector, development agencies and the civil society finalized a list of projects to contribute to reverse deterioration of marine resources.
More than three billion people depend on the biologically diverse marine and coastal areas for subsistence, according to data provided by the United Nations. However, today about 30 percent of the world’s fish stocks are overexploited, reaching levels below those that can produce sustainable yields.
This is also part of the Agenda 2030 plan in the international community, which proposes a series of goals for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
Among the Costa Rican projects contributing toward this global agenda for marine ecosystems is the Plataforma Nacional de Pesquerías Sostenibles de Grandes Pelágicos, the planning ministry said. This platform represents a space for dialogue of marine products that will, in the short term, promote better environmental and social practices in fisheries.