Life below water


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The United Nations' sustainable development goal (SDG 14) ‘Life below water’ aims to conserve oceans by ensuring they are used sustainably. This includes safeguarding marine and coastal ecosystems, conserving at least 10 % of coastal and marine areas, as well as preventing and reducing marine pollution and the impacts of ocean acidification.

Monitoring SDG 14 in an EU context focuses on progress made in advancing marine conservation, in fostering sustainable fishery and in ensuring healthy oceans.

How is your country doing in this regard?

Find out with our easy and user-friendly graph below. Compare your country’s progress over time and with other Member States. Choose an indicator, such as the share of coastal bathing sites with excellent water quality or the surface of marine sites designated under Natura 2000.

If you want to know more about the sustainable development goals, visit our website section dedicated to this topic.

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