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[Ambassador report] THEMATIC REPORT JUNE - MARINE ENVIRONMENT

by Anishka Jha | 24-07-2020 23:25 Comments 15 Comments recommendations 0 recommendations



Marine life is an important part of our eco system. From deep oceans to coastal reefs, from mudflats to sea grass beds, marine systems not only provides habitats and shelter for many marine organisms but it also supports human beings in getting food, oxygen and employment. It provides renewable energy and protection from tropical storms and damaging effects of waves.

But Marine environment is most undervalued by human beings. Since ages, man has been extensively using ocean and water bodies for its insatiable interests and needs with no regards to marine lives. Dumping of waste from industries, sewage plants and ships, chemicals from household cleaners, wastes from mines, garbage and other debris like plastics from the land have put two-thirds of the marine lives in the world under threat. According to reports, mining companies across the world dump 220 million tonnes hazardous waste directly into our water bodies every year. Simultaneously, years of dumping habit of human beings is posing risk to their health as well.

With the increase in population and to keep pace with the consumption, humans have delved into oceans for fish, gas, oil, minerals and new genetic resources. Human activities on land have led to 80 per cent of marine pollution.

Of late, there has been increased cases of flooding, agricultural land contamination and erosion. Reason being Global warming, that is alarmingly increasing sea water levels, by around twice the average speed of rising over the preceding 80 years, threatening the marine ecosystem.

 Besides Global warming, ocean acidification is posing threat to our marine environment. There has been a continuous decrease of sea water pH due to absorption of excessive amount of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Ocean acidification has endangered the lives of marine organisms and also humans who depend on fish and fish products for their daily sustenance.

My article cannot be complete without the mention of plastic pollution that has of late become one of the biggest threat to our marine environment. Our ocean and its species  are succumbing to the poison of plastic. As per the estimate,13 million metric tons of plastic ends up in the ocean each year that is equivalent to a truck full of garbage worth every minute. 80% of the litter thrown in the ocean is plastic that affects almost 800 species worldwide. Having visited beaches many times in UAE I have seen people disposing off plastic bags and cigarette butts near the beaches so conveniently with no regards to the environment around. During my beach cleanup drive I collected buckets full of cigarette butts and plastic bottles from near the beaches.

Marine environment of UAE has a greater significance as most economic and social activities are held around its sea which is an essential source of oil production, fishing and desalination. Authorities have taken significant steps to protect the marine environment and its resources, including issuing and implementing laws and regulations to protect it from pollution, regulate activities in the marine environment or the coastal strip.  There are special marine protected areas in UAE for the conservation and development of biodiversity, to name few, Marawah Marine Biosphere Reserve which covers a territory of 4,255 square kilometres, and the Al Yasat marine protected area.  

In the last few years, global leaders have been taking steps to protect our water bodies but there is still a long way to go, as years of exploitation of sea beds and marine bio diversity has caused irreparable damage to our marine environment. It cannot be reversed in just couple of years. Finding ways to clean our oceans and lakes, creating awareness among people towards the protection and conservation of the marine environment  will be a crucial effort.

 Credits : https://www.moccae.gov.ae/, https://www.marineinsight.com/ www.unenvironment.org

15 Comments

Shobita Neupane

Shobita Neupane

  • Shobita Neupane says :
    Hello Aniska,
    This is another amazing writing of yours I read today. Thank you.
    Regards
    Posted 13-08-2020 13:28

Kushal Naharki

  • Kushal Naharki says :
    Hello Anishka

    Greetings and Namaste from Nepal
    Wishing you a safe stay
    Thank you for your report on marine environment

    Keep writing great reports.
    We are eager to read more reports from you.
    Green Cheers :)

    Best wishes,
    Kushal Naharki

    Posted 03-08-2020 20:38

Sang Su Mentor

  • Sang Su Mentor says :
    Hi Anishka Jha, this is a mentor, Sang Su Lee.

    It is indeed true that human's greed is really destroying a myriad parts of ecosystem. Marine ecosystem is one of them unfortunately. You've mentioned about the relationship between global warming and acidification. To add the information, CO2 reacts with water, creating carbonic acid, thereby raising the acidity of the ocean. I really hope people learn to consume and produce appropriately.

    Green cheers~
    Posted 01-08-2020 23:46

Rafa Mohammed Ashique

  • Rafa Mohammed Ashique says :
    Ahlan Anishka Jha!
    Greetings from UAE

    First off, congratulations on this post. I completely agree with the fact that the Marine waste is a mixture of pollutants and garbage, most of which originate from land sources and are then swept or released into the water. Such contamination does harm to the atmosphere, to the wellbeing of all species and to economic processes around the globe.

    Off to share!

    Sincerely
    Rafa

    Posted 30-07-2020 20:40

Taehyun Mentor

  • Taehyun Mentor says :
    Hello Anishka Jha, this is mentor Taehyun!

    Thank you for your thoughts on the marine environment! I can only see that people are now dealing with the ocean environment, and I can only see that it's filled with arrogance. Many people say ocean exploration is more difficult than space exploration, which is also a testament to the fact that people don't know much about the ocean yet. So it's natural that there's really a lot of risk involved in dumping plastic, drilling for oil in the ocean, and so on, without knowing what's the perfect balance of the ocean's ecosystem, and what's the external factor that can affect the ocean environment. What should we do? It seems really hard to put back what's already been done. I think it's right to start with the small things we can do. Things like picking up trash on the beach, for example.

    Thank you for the report!

    Green cheers!
    Posted 28-07-2020 22:54

LENGA Audrey

  • LENGA Audrey says :
    Thank you for this report
    Posted 28-07-2020 00:01

Juvairiyah Batool

Sagar  Koirala

  • Sagar Koirala says :
    Hello Anishka,
    Green Cheers from Nepal

    Marine Environment is very vital to us. We must take up necessary efforts to conserve the marine environment. Keep Writing

    Regards,
    Sagar Koirala
    Posted 26-07-2020 21:04

Chloe Ejisun

  • Chloe Ejisun says :
    Hello Anishka,
    This is very informative.Thank you!
    Posted 26-07-2020 20:56

Yushika Subedi

Aarati Khatri

  • Aarati Khatri says :
    Greetings Aniska,
    As I am from landlock country and not been able to witness the mesmerizing beauty of Oceans and Seas but I am well aware of the important ecosystem the ocean holds, how it is beneficial to human beings if used with proper care without degrading it with anthropogenic activities.
    Thank you for sharing the information through your report.
    Warm Greetings.
    Posted 26-07-2020 12:10

ALOK DHAKAL

  • ALOK DHAKAL says :
    Thank you very much for the thematic report of June- Marine Environment. I enjoyed reading this
    Posted 26-07-2020 11:45

Sonika Pariyar

  • Sonika Pariyar says :
    Hello Anishka!

    I hope you are fine and doing great!

    Damping of industrial wastes is one of the major cause of marine water pollution which has negative impact on aquatic creature and human too.

    Thanks for sharing!

    GREEN CHEERS FROM NEPAL!

    Regards,
    Sonika


    Posted 25-07-2020 23:43

Bal krishna Pandey

  • Bal krishna Pandey says :
    Dear Anishka,
    Thank you very much for the thematic report of June- Marine Environment. I agree with you that plastic pollution is a major problem in marine environment. I also have written a report about the marine plastic pollution with data.
    Thank you very much~
    Posted 25-07-2020 17:13

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