The Asian-Pacific oceans hold a very strategic and significant position as far as trade and commerce are concerned. They are not only a source of livelihood for millions of people but also enable significant international trade in this region according to ESCAP. Clean and healthy oceans are one of the prime factors of sustainable development. According to a study, the ‘lockdown’ due to COVID-19 has helped the oceans by providing the “much-needed breathing” from human overuse and pollution. COVID-19 has opened up a “window of opportunity” wherein efforts can be made by the governments to protect the marine ecosystem. This pandemic has given the ocean a chance to recover.
The report Changing Sails: Accelerating Regional Actions for Sustainable Oceans in Asia and the Pacific, highlights importance of large-scale investments for the recovery of the oceans and marine sustainability. However, can be ensured in the “post-pandemic world”, but for this, there is a definite need to shift to “green” practices in waste disposal, tourism, etc. This report follows the theme of the 76th Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. The report focuses on three main areas; maritime connectivity, sustainable fisheries, and marine plastic pollution. Further, it reinforces the need for different nations to collaborate and strengthen their cooperation, work jointly in conserving the ocean, to fulfill their responsibility towards the environment.