Yesterday, Marko Pomerants, Minister of the Environment and co-chair of the conference, spoke of the main problems from the perspective of Estonia. According to Pomerants, it is necessary to combat pollutants and marine litter more aggressively than before as well as to prevent pollutants harmful to human health from getting into fish and thereby, our dining tables. In addition, it is necessary to prepare for the rising sea level, increasing temperature, and for the decreasing oxygen level in water. ‘Having operated by the Baltic Sea, we have learned a lot. We know what is bad and we try to improve the situation. We want to and have to share this knowledge also with other countries, primarily with smaller waterlocked countries, which are in the greatest danger due to the changes in the oceans,’ said Pomerants.
To protect the state of the oceans, a common agreement between all countries will be created as a result of the conference to implement concrete protection measures. This agreement will include a list of activities that all countries should carry out as well as a call to help the countries whose abilities to improve the state of the marine environment are limited due to climate change and other worldwide issues.