The Lib Dems will expand the vital ‘Blue Belt’ network
Our marine environment is in crisis. Programmes such as the BBC’s Blue Planet II have revealed the scale of the threat.
The world’s beloved marine species, like whales and turtles, face numerous threats. Plastic pollution, over-fishing, high volumes of shipping traffic, and rising temperatures are but a few.
We must act now to ensure that our global ocean thrives for future generations to enjoy.
Over the next Parliament, we will expand the ‘Blue Belt’ of Marine Protected areas. By 2030, this will cover at least 50% of the UK’s territorial waters. This includes overseas territories.
This policy will ensure better regulation of commercial activities, such as fishing. It will also protect biodiversity in key habitats through effective monitoring.
We will also protect and restore England’s lakes, rivers, and wetlands. We will reform water management and introduce higher water efficiency standards.
Plastic pollution is a major threat to the marine environment.
To tackle this issue, we will introduce a Zero-Waste and Resource Efficiency Act. This will encourage the transition towards a circular economy in the UK.
We will put the UK at the heart of global efforts to protect our marine environment.
This is at the heart of our plan to build a brighter future.