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Sustainable Development Goal 14: Life below Water


Sustainable Development Goal 14 (SDG 14) centers on conserving and sustainably using the ocean and marine resources. It calls for efforts to prevent marine pollution, protect biodiversity, and promote sustainable fisheries. SDG 14 aims to ensure the health of oceans, contributing to a resilient and balanced global ecosystem.

Goals under the SDG are:

  • Prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution.
  • Sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems.
  • Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification.
  • Regulate harvesting to end overfishing, illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing.
  • Conserve at least 10% of coastal and marine areas.
  • Prohibit certain fisheries subsidies contributing to overcapacity and overfishing.
  • Increase economic benefits to small island developing states and least developed countries from sustainable marine resource use.
  • Enhance scientific knowledge, research capacity, and marine technology transfer for ocean health.
  • Provide access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets.

Major Activities conducted/ policies implemented by UPES:

  • Project on Designing appropriate mitigation measures for reducing fishnet entanglement of dugongs, WII (Wildlife Institute of India)
  • The University offers Bachelor’s in Geology, Environmental, Earth & Marine Sciences