General Article Tourism is damaging the ocean. Here’s what we can do to protect it

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By Jemi Laclé, Project Manager, Data and Analytics, Energy and Extractives Global Practice, World Bank Group, Aleksandra Dragozet, Founder & CEO, Sea Going Green & Melissa Novotny, Business and Partnership Development Manager, Sea Going Green

What does the big blue mean to you? Is it a holiday destination, a source of income, as for the 60 million people working in the marine fishing industry, a vital protein source of 151 million tonnes for human consumption, or a home to millions of species? The ocean has a different meaning for everyone, but for all of us, it is a source of life.

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It is often forgotten that two-thirds of the Earth’s surface is covered by water. The ocean is big, resilient and heals the soul, but what happens when it is facing a crisis and cannot revitalise its own wounds? Scientists are predicting that 90% of the world’s coral reefs will die by 2050 and that the ocean’s biodiversity is

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