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The Nature Foundation encourages the community of St.Maarten/St.Martin to use Coral Isles Reef Friendly sunscreen/suntan lotions, Coral Isles Sunscreen is specifically formulated not to have any negative impacts on coral reefs while at the same time protecting users from the sun.

Over the past 30 years, Sint Maarten has lost over 80% of its coral reefs—an alarming statistic that is made even more disturbing by the fact that this has become a trend throughout the Caribbean Region and Globally. Although climate change (global warming) has long been identified as a primary contributor to coral bleaching, scientists have also identified pollutants in our oceans causing significant damage to coral. Many of these man-made pollutants are common ingredients found in sunscreens.

The Government of France convened a High-Level Meeting of Ministers from the Wider Caribbean Region in recognition of global commitments (Sustainable Development Goal 14 on Oceans, Sustainable Development Goal 6 on Water and Sanitation, Improving Oceans Management and Reducing Pollution as part of the UN Environment #CleanSeas Campaign). This meeting, the first of its kind to be held in association with the Conference of Contracting Parties, helped gain additional political support for ratification and implementation of the Cartagena Convention and its Protocols, and adopted the Cayenne Statement (below):

We, the representatives of the Governments of the wider Caribbean region,

2 February 2017: In briefings for Member States and civil society, the co-facilitators and co-hosts of the UN Ocean Conference emphasized the potential contributions of Sustainable Development Goal 14 to the overall 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and called for a focus on solutions, actions and concrete recommendations.

5 January 2017 - New climate model projections of the world's coral reefs reveal which reefs will be hit first by annual coral bleaching, an event that poses the gravest threat to one of the Earth's most important ecosystems.

These high-resolution projections, based on global climate models, predict when and where annual coral bleaching will occur. The projections show that reefs in Taiwan and around the Turks and Caicos archipelago will be among the world's first to experience annual bleaching.

Other reefs, like those off the coast of Bahrain, in Chile and in French Polynesia, will be hit decades later, according to research recently published in the journal Nature Scientific Reports.

Antananarivo, Madagascar - A groundbreaking new report finds the ocean assets of the Western Indian Ocean region are valued conservatively at US$333.8 billion but foreshadows significant challenges for the region’s ocean-based economies and food supplies in the absence of stronger conservation actions.

Reviving the Western Indian Ocean Economy: Actions for a Sustainable Future is the result of an in-depth, joint assessment by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), CORDIO East Africa and WWF. It combines a new economic analysis of the region’s ocean assets with a review of their contribution to human development.

19 January 2017: The UN released a background note of the Secretary-General for the preparatory process of the upcoming UN Oceans Conference, which aims to support implementation of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 (Life below water). The Note proposes themes for the seven partnership dialogues that will take place as part of the Conference.

Governments will consider the proposed themes at a Conference preparatory meeting taking place from 15-16 February 2017, in New York, US.

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