The Objectives Of The Sustainable Development Goals

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Goal 14 of the Sustainable Development Goals aims to “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.” ("Open Working Group Proposal for Sustainable Development Goals.”) Under this main goal lies seven sub goals, of which some are more measurable than others. All goals can be measured with a quantifiable unit, although some measurements may be harder to interpret than others. Goal 14.1 logically proves to be measurable, as marine pollution is a material measure. Target 14.2, to “sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems” can be interpreted and measured in various ways, whether it means to protect certain species by calculating the population, or protect habitats and certain …show more content…
("Ocean Pollution - MarineBio.org") A 1989 publication stated that “…the MED POL programme has, since 1983, been involved on an increasing scale in the preparation of the necessary scientific and technical material required for the progressive implementation of the protocol for the protection of the Mediterranean Sea against pollution from land-based sources.” (Saliba, 1989, p. 39) The MED POL program is an UN affiliated program specific to monitoring the pollution of the Mediterranean Sea. There is no singular organization that measures global data on marine pollution, however the data is readily available from many reliable sources. As technology continues to innovate science, new measures have been created; for instance it has been discovered that the refraction index of sea water changes when it is polluted and marine monitoring systems have been created around this as part of research in universities. (Shi et al 347)

14.2 is also measured effectively in the many ways it presents itself. Marine and coastal ecosystems are effected by a number of things including urban development, hazardous or toxic substances, overfishing, habitat destruction, the introduction of exotic species and natural toxins. (Wells 39) In Canada, a number of
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