SDG 14: Life Below Water


The fourteenth Sustainable Development Goal aims to conserve and sustainably use the world’s oceans, seas and marine resources. Oceans and marine ecosystems provide food, medicines, biofuels, and economic opportunities through fishing and tourism, as well as absorb the impacts of climate change. In addition, oceans are essential for maintaining biodiversity and the functioning of the global ecosystem. However, 20 percent of the world’s coral reefs have already been lost, and an estimated $50 billion is now lost in the fishing industry annually due to climate change and pollution. Faculty and students in the Sustainable Tourism concentration in particular are working to promote sustainable tourism in the Tampa Bay Area to ensure that the tourism industry continues to thrive in ways that have a reduced environmental impact on our local marine ecosystems.

Source: United Nations. (2018). Life below water: Why it matters. https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/14.pdf

Concentration Areas and Graduate Certificates


  • IDS 6216: Implementing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
  • IDS 6236: Sustainable Tourism Development: Principles and Practices
  • IDS 6237: Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Management

Associated Faculty and Faculty Projects