14: Life below water

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources.

The world’s oceans – their temperature, chemistry, currents and life – drive global systems that make the Earth habitable for humankind.
Our rainwater, drinking water, weather, climate, coastlines, much of our food, and even the oxygen in the air we breathe, are all ultimately provided and regulated by the sea. Throughout history, oceans and seas have been vital conduits for trade and transportation.

Careful management of this essential global resource is a key feature of a sustainable future.

How is it going?

So far, Sierra Leone is not receiving a passing grade for SDG 14 in the SDG Index and Dashboard Global Report.  The country has achieved 62.2 on the Ocean Health Index for Clean Water and 64.7 for Biodiversity on the same scale (0-100). According to the total Ocean Health Index, Sierra Leone is ranked 220 out of 221.

Ocean health index data

Ocean health index data