Sustainable Development Goal 14

Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

The world’s oceans – their temperature, chemistry, currents and life – drive global systems that make the Earth habitable for humankind. How we manage this vital resource is essential for humanity as a whole, and to counterbalance the effects of climate change.

Over three billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods. However, today we are seeing 30 percent of the world’s fish stocks overexploited, reaching below the level at which they can produce sustainable yields.

Oceans also absorb about 30 percent of the carbon dioxide produced by humans, and we are seeing a 26 percent rise in ocean acidification since the beginning of the industrial revolution. Marine pollution, an overwhelming majority of which comes from land-based sources, is reaching alarming levels, with an average of 13,000 pieces of plastic litter to be found on every square kilometre of ocean.

The SDGs aim to sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems from pollution, as well as address the impacts of ocean acidification. Enhancing conservation and the sustainable use of ocean-based resources through international law will also help mitigate some of the challenges facing our oceans.

Sierra Leone Facts and Figures

Source: Stastics Sierra Leone


Ocean Health Index – Clean water (0-100)




Ocean Health Index - Biodiversity (0-100)




Marine sites, completely protected (%)




Ocean Health Index - Fisheries (0-100)




Fish stocks overexploited or collapsed (%)



Sierra Leone IndicatorsBaselineSource of Baseline Data (Date)CurrentSource Page NumberSource of Current Data (Date)Targets
By End 2020By End 2025By End 2030
14.1.1 Ocean Health Index – Clean water (0-100)62.2%Ocean Health Index (2015)   64.83%67.47%70.1%
14.2.1 Ocean Health Index - Biodiversity (0-100)64.7%Ocean Health Index (2015)   73.17%81.63%90.1%
14.2.3 Marine sites, completely protected (%)50.00%BirdLife International, IUCN & UNEP-WCMC (2016)   >50%>50%>50%
14.4.1 Ocean Health Index - Fisheries (0-100)76%Ocean Health Index (2015)   >70%>70%>70%
14.4.3 Fish stocks overexploited or collapsed (%)3.20%Hsu et al. (2016)/Sea Around Us (2016)   <25.00%<25.00%<25.00%