Water: a natural resource

marine lifeThe world’s water plays a very important role in all aspects of our lives, providing food, employment and other benefits.

Over two-thirds of the world’s population lives within 400 km of the sea, and just over half of the world’s population lives in a coastal strip 120 miles wide. As many as half a billion people draw their livelihoods from the sea in one way or another—processors, packers, shippers, ship builders and others.

Ocean ecosystems provide goods and services valued at at least several trillion dollars per year, and millions of people earn their living directly from the sea.