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Achieving an Effective Blue Belt:
Opportunities and Threats


The waters of the United Kingdom and its 14 Overseas Territories stretch over millions of square kilometres, and together they provide a habitat for an incredible breadth of flora and fauna. However, as this report makes clear, these priceless environments are under threat on several fronts: overfishing; climate change; pollution; and invasive species.


Tackling these intertwined threats will require a concerted, holistic approach, but many of the necessary actions are within the power of the UK Government and the Territory Administrations. In our report ‘Achieving an Effective Blue Belt: Opportunities and Threats’, Great Blue Ocean sets out a series of recommendations for how marine conservation in the Territories can be developed to help mitigate these threats over the coming years.