4 challenges we need to solve to protect our ocean
Did you know that the ‘ocean economy’ is worth around $2.5 trillion annually? But we can’t continue to pollute the ocean, use it as a carbon and heat sink without threatening the integrity of the entire ocean ecosystem which is threatened by climate change, pollution, and overfishing.
The four challenges are 1) restorative aquaculture; 2) protecting and restoring ocean reefs; 3) establishing Marine Protected Areas and using technology to keep them viable; 4) Investing in nature-based solutions. Watch the World Economic Forum’s 2 minute video about what this means.
A second UpLink Ocean Sprint is looking for innovative solutions to address some of the key challenges facing the ocean. From UpLink’s first Ocean Sprint, announced at Davos 2020, three winning projects were chosen from more than 50 submissions. They included an Oman-based online platform for reselling empty shipping container space; a waste management company from Myanmar; and a seaweed farming company. UpLink has also formed an Ocean Cohort of 12 innovations tackling the biggest challenges facing our seas.