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President Cyril Ramaphosa recently participated in the G-7 Leaders Summit Outreach in Toronto, convened by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The summit’s theme was, Healthy, Productive and Resilient Seas, Coasts and Communities. It was also attended by representatives from other developing countries — such as Kenya, the Seychelles, Samoa, Haiti, Senegal and Jamaica — that rely heavily on harnessing the potential of the oceans to grow their economies. As a country that has dealt effectively with plastic pollution, Rwanda was also a participant. The health of the world’s oceans and seas is critical to the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of the planet. Oceans support communities, jobs and livelihoods — as well as being a source of food security and biodiversity. Oceans also play a key role in the global climate system, and SA, like many other coastal countries, is vulnerable to the effects of ocean warming, acidification, sea-level rise and extreme weather events. At...

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