Namibia committed to sustainable ocean economy: Geingob

President Hage Geingob yesterday announced Namibia's commitment to ensuring at least 10 per cent of the country's exclusive economic zone is gazetted as a marine protected area by 2020.

Speaking at the United Nations' High Level Panel for Sustainable Ocean Economy in New York, United States of America, the President said Namibia's entire coastal belt is gazetted as national parks.

He said these include three coastal Ramser sites, namely the Orange River Mouth, Sandwich Harbour and Walvis Bay Lagoon.

He further said, Namibia's marine waters less than 200 metres deep are protected from most commercial fishing activities as they are breeding grounds for fish.

The panel brings together world leaders who recognize that economic production and ocean protection must be mutually supported by all UN member states and was an initiative of serving heads of government committed to catalysing bold, pragmatic solutions for ocean health and wealth that support the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

Source: Namibia Press Agency