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FOCUS AREA 13 - CONSERVATION AND SUSTAINABLE USE OF MARINE RESOURCES, OCEANS AND SEAS The crucial role of healthy marine eco-systems to sustainable development has been clearly recognized in the Rio+20 outcome document through a commitment to protect, and restore, the health, productivity and resilience of oceans and marine eco-systems . An expansion of the usage of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) is the most effective route to achieving this goal. The global community also committed to achieve significant reductions in marine debris to prevent harm to the coastal and marine environment by 2025 . WSPA strongly supports the proposed targets in the Co-Chairs text but urges for the following addition to target a): a) by 2030, prevent, control and reduce by (X) percent marine pollution, [add: debris] and marine disposal of waste and tailings, including from land-based activities .:. Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform

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