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SDG 14: Life Below Water

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

Healthy oceans and seas are essential to our existence. They cover 70 percent of our planet and we rely on them for food, energy and water. Yet, we have managed to do tremendous damage to these precious resources. Goal 14 is all about reversing this damage, protecting them by eliminating pollution and overfishing and immediately start to responsibly manage and protect all marine life around the world.

SDG 14: Life Below Water


Pictured here: Sapna Sharma

A multidisciplinary York University research team under the supervision of associate professor Sapna Sharma has created a publicly available database covering half of the world’s freshwater, including more than 12,000 lakes in 72 countries, to help
enable researchers around the world to monitor and manage water quality and overall health of the lakes. The database can be used to improve understanding of how chlorophyll levels respond to global environmental change and provide baseline comparisons for environmental managers responsible for maintaining water quality in lakes. This innovative collaboration, which includes colleagues at Wilfrid Laurier and Illinois State universities, is already benefiting researchers around the world. Learn more here.






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freshwater lakes including 250k sampling points can be found in the publicly available water quality database developed by York researchers and distributed across 72 countries


Indigenous Environmental Justice Project
Research on the Pacific Ocean