The Maldives has used the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Brazil to announce that all 1,192 of its islands will become a marine reserve by 2017.
AFP quotes the President Mohamed Waheed as saying: “I would like to announce today Maldives will become the first country to become a marine reserve.”
“It will become the single largest marine reserve in the world. This policy will allow only sustainable and eco-friendly fishing. It will exclude deep-sea, purse-seining and other destructive techniques,” he said.
We had the opportunity to grow in this beautiful world and now that we have the power to preserve or destroy it, we need to do everything we can to protect these pristine ecosystems. Morally, scientifically, aesthetically; we can all benefit from saving our earth. This is another great step toward that. For the Americans, you can help by saving California’s parks, for one thing among many!