Areas of Action
The ocean gives us life.We rely on it for food, livelihoods, climate resilience and recreation. Ensuring the longevity of our planet’s life force requires decisive and collective action.
Our Ocean will focus on six Areas of Action, convening partners from across the globe to identify solutions to manage marine resources, increase the ocean’s resilience to climate change and safeguard its health for generations to come.
Well-designed and effectively managed Marine Protected Areas are well known tools for biodiversity conservation and management. But they are also increasingly being recognised for their contribution to other dimensions of sustainable development, including climate action and food security.
This panel will highlight that fully protected Marine Protected Areas MPAs can contribute to the ‘triple bottom-line’ of biodiversity, climate, and nutrition, and it will consider strategies to maximise their effectiveness.
A clean ocean
‘Floating garbage patches’ and ocean dead zones have seized the world’s attention as signs of humankind’s impacts on nature.
Marine pollution, including from plastics, undermines food security, human health and marine biodiversity. While clean-up efforts have become popular focal points for public action, more systemic changes are needed, especially at the land-sea nexus.
This panel will examine pathways towards the transition to circular economies and achieving zero discharge into the ocean.
Climate stresses on our ocean are becoming more and more apparent, as highlighted in the IPCC special report on the ocean. The contribution of our ocean to both mitigating and adapting to climate change is being increasingly recognised.
This panel will consider aspects of how the carbon value of blue ecosystems can be enhanced, so that the mitigation and adaptation potential of the ocean can be fully realised.
The panel will also discuss how measures that increase the resilience of fishing and coastal communities to adverse climate impacts can be scaled up.
Sustainable blue economies
For too long our ocean has been treated as an inexhaustible resource. But like all resources, failures to allow regeneration are failures of planning and management, and a failure to properly account for the economic and social value of the resource.
This panel will focus on how building a sustainable blue economy will require developing plans to do so – and to manage 100% of the ocean as integral parts of cultures, livelihoods, human health, well-being, and the economy.
Sustainable food from the ocean
Humanity will rely increasingly on our ocean as a source of healthy food, but a third of all targeted fish stocks are overfished. Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing pose continuing threats to fish sustainability, livelihoods and safety.
This panel will examine options to optimize artisanal fishing and mariculture, especially for developing countries, for the benefit of coastal communities closest to fishery resources.
Our ocean is all too often an unsafe place, where human rights and security are elusive. Achieving a safe and secure ocean will protect the communities that are the most vulnerable and most reliant on it, through the engagement of people from all dimensions of society.
This panel will highlight innovations and models for transnational cooperation among all stakeholders that can help overcome governance gaps to provide peace and security on the world’s oceans.