The Sustainable Development Goal ‘Life Below Water' (SDG 14) aims to protect and ensure the sustainable use of oceans. This includes reducing marine pollution and ocean acidification, ending overfishing and conserving marine and coastal ecosystems. SDG 14 is strongly related to other SDGs as oceans sustain coastal economies and livelihoods, contribute to food production and function as a carbon sink.

Monitoring SDG 14 within the EU context thus involves looking into trends in the areas of ocean health, marine conservation and sustainable fisheries. 

Some of the indicators that monitor SDG 14 Life below water are the following:

Infographic: SDG 14 in the EU, Life Below water, 2021 (coastal bathing areas with excellent water quality and % marine waters)

Source datasets: EEA - sdg_14_40 and sdg_14_10

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You can find out more about the EU’s progress towards the SDGs with the following: