Gender parity has a huge role to play in the fight to save our oceans

Village: Totasahi, Panchayat: Sukala Block: Stayabadi District: Puri,  State: Odhisa ,  India, 3rd  March 2014:65 years old, Hara Maharana (L) picks spinach from her floating garden as her daughter in law  Laxmi looks on in Totashi village, Puri, Odhisa, India, March 3, 2014.  Hara Maharana and her daughter in law, 38 year old Laxmi pluck spinach from floating gardens in water logged area filled with water hyacinth. The vegetables primarily used for domestic consumption saves them money by serving as a kitchen garden.  UNDPâ??s partnership with the govt of Odisha and supported by the Australian Agency for International Development is helping communities in Puri in Odisha adapt to extreme weather events. Close to 2,100 hectares of land was cultivated in 2012, more than three times that of 2011 in Bambarada village of Puri

These floating gardens in Odisha state, India, provide income and food, and help to reduce water and land salinity Image: UNDP India/2014/Prashanth Vishwanathan

Peter Thomson
UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Ocean and Co-Chair, Friends of Ocean Action
Isabella Lövin
Co-Chair, Friends of Ocean Action, Ministry of the Environment of Sweden
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