Success! Chagos Islands Now A Fully Protected Marine Reserve
As Earth day approaches we recognize the importance of protecting and preserving our environment. Here is one recent success story that reminds us just how powerful our actions can be.
Over several months, activists and organizations around the world sent messages — and nearly 12,000 Care2 members signed a petition — urging the British Government to protect the marine area of the Chagos Islands. The comment period ended March 5th, and just one month later, actions are being put into place.
An announcement made last week by UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband, served as a victory. Thank you, Miliband, for designating the Chagos as a no-take marine reserve. This announcement makes the Chagos marine reserve the largest marine protected area in the world.
Measuring more than 210,000 square miles, the Chagos area, located near the centre of the Indian Ocean, consists of tropical islands, coral reefs and diverse wildlife. In order to protect the diversity of the local marine life, activities such as industrial fishing and deep sea mining will be prohibited.
Thank you to all the people and organizations around the world who took action. This huge success for the Chagos Islands and the surrounding marine area, would not have been possible without your support!
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