Our Planet - Oceans

Our Planet 9.5 - Oceans







Editorial
Klaus Toepfer
Executive Director, UNEP


Seas of change
His All Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch, Bartholomew of Constantinople


The wings of life
Federico Mayor explores humanity's new relationship with the sea, and outlines the aims of the International Year of the Ocean


Seven threats to the seven seas
John Prescott outlines a programme of action for tackling the greatest dangers to the oceans


Ocean highways
Thor Heyerdahl describes how 'rivers with banks of water' enabled early man to use the oceans to spread across the globe


Making the links
Gunnar Kullenberg surveys the major issues confronting the oceans, and calls for an integrated way of addressing them


World Environment Day 1998
Kofi A. Annan, Victor Orlov and L. A. Bochin


Fragile coasts
Edgardo D. Gomez outlines the threats to coral reefs, mangrove swamps and seagrass beds as increasing coastal populations endanger the most productive


Cleaning the seas
Terttu Melvasalo describes UNEP's work, through its Regional Seas Programme, to implement the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities


Looking-glass world
Arthur C. Clarke tells how he refound the sea, and calls for a new relationship with the oceans


A fisherman's tale
Bernard Martin thrown out of work when his fishery was closed, describes his fight to end overfishing worldwide


Grassroots: Hope in a raindrop
Don de Silva


Tradition matters
Cedric Schuster explains how a blend of old customs, new science and government regulation is reviving sustainable management practices in the South Pacific


Oil troubles waters
Elizabeth Bravo describes the effects of the oil industry on vital tropical ecosystems


Focus: Environmental degradation and health
Leslie Roberts reviews important findings in the new World Resources report


Averting catastrophe
Maumoon Abdul Gayoom




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