Why Oceans Matter

Oceans are crucial to life on Earth, support livelihoods and are vital to the World economy in numerous ways, including food as fish, income to coastal communities from tourism, shipping and trade, and through petroleum reserves, to mention a few (FAO, 2006).

Source: Anne Platt McGinn, The Health of Oceans, Worldwatch paper 145, Worldwatch Institute, 1999, Washington DC (www.worldwatch.org) ; Costanza, R., et al, The Value of the World's Ecosystem Services and natural Capital, Ecological Economics, 1998.

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