WORLD OCEAN COUNCIL - OCEAN ECONOMY REPORT 2015
JUNE 2014 - IT IS OUR DUTY TO ACT NOW: WWC AND FAO UNITE TO COMBAT FOOD & WATER SECURITY
World Water Council (WWC) and the
Food and Agriculture Organisation of the
United Nations (FAO) have agreed to increase their collaboration amidst growing concerns about global water and food security.
FIGURE 3 - The ocean economy is dependent of healthy assets.
WWF EIGHT STEPS TO RESTORE THE “SHARED WEALTH FUND” OF THE OCEAN:
ACTION 1 Governments must embrace the Sustainable Development Goals, with their strong targets and indicators for the ocean, and commit to coherent policy, financing, trade and technology frameworks to restore and protect ocean ecosystems as part of the UN Post-2015 Agenda process.
ACTION 2 Leaders must address the serious problems of ocean warming and
acidification. We must listen to science and make the deep cuts in emissions
that will prevent further increases in dangerous climate change. It is vital
that the world signs on to an ambitious international agreement in Paris in December 2015 (COP21) that will allow the rapid decarbonization of our
ACTION 3 Coastal countries must deliver against the agreed target for at least 10 per
cent of coastal and marine areas to be conserved and effectively managed by 2020, with an increase to 30 per cent by 2030. This is not just about
the extent of area protected; it is about establishing ecologically coherent,
representative networks of marine protected areas that help ensure the
ACTION 4 Habitat protection and fisheries management must go hand in hand. Institutional arrangements for managing the ocean should reflect the fact that an integrated approach for ecologically managed fisheries must focus on ecosystem resilience and function, as well as economic and social well-being.
ACTION 5 Global crises require global solutions. Given the transboundary nature of
the ocean, we need appropriate international mechanisms for negotiation and collaboration to ensure its sustainable management. Formation of a
“Blue Alliance” of concerned maritime states will provide leadership and
build the case for a rapid and comprehensive set of actions on behalf of the ocean. Such a coalition could cultivate international will and foster the
shared global responsibility and informed decision-making that are crucial
when it comes to ocean resources. It will also be important to establish a
global fund to support countries that have fewer resources and are more
ACTION 6 Appropriately structured public-private partnerships that take into account the well-being of communities, ecosystems and business have the potential to revolutionize how sectors work together sustainably. Enabling a network of such cross-sectoral partnerships (public, private and community) to share ideas, solutions and blueprints for sustainable practices will ensure that even the least developed countries will have access to the necessary resources.
ACTION 7 Communities and countries must develop complete, transparent and public accounting of the benefits, goods and services that the ocean provides. Valuing the ocean’s assets is vitally important to helping inform effective decision-making.
ACTION 8 There is a need for an international platform to support and share ocean knowledge through which problems can be understood, and solutions and methodologies evaluated and applied. Such a platform must be interdisciplinary and informed by biological, social and economic data. This platform will build capacity and improve access to critical information and expertise.
These eight actions offer a clear plan for reviving the ocean economy. This year, 2015, is particularly important and opportune to forge global leadership and investment for the ocean. In 2015, two historic international agreements could be struck with provisions that have the potential to arrest the decline in ocean health, and shift toward a trajectory of ocean restoration. The year also marks an important opportunity for countries to harness the growing momentum on ocean conservation and sustainable use, and collectively make clear commitments on habitat conservation.
The WWF report acknowledged and builds on the work of other institutions engaged in ocean conservation including the Global Partnership for Oceans convened by the World Bank, the Global Ocean Commission and others.
Each year fish stocks decline, while world population increases. It's not rocket science, it's basic economics - we need to boost the health of our oceans, starve, or face another world war - as warring factions fight for the fishing rights of third world and other states less able to defend themselves.
EARTH HAS LOST 50% OF WILDLIFE IN LAST 40 YEARS
The number of wild animals on Earth has halved in the past 40 years, according to a new analysis. Creatures across land, rivers and the seas are being decimated as humans kill them for food in unsustainable numbers, while polluting or destroying their habitats, the research by scientists at WWF and the Zoological Society of London found.
DAVID MILIBAND - As co-chair of the Global Ocean Commission, David is on the International Rescue Committee, a group that shares many of the aims of the World Ocean Council.
UPCOMING WOC AND RELATED EVENTS
SUSTAINABLE OCEAN SUMMIT 2015 9 - 11 NOVEMBER 2015 SINGAPORE
Holthus, Founding President/CEO
McGee, Programs Director
WOC-RELATED EVENTS - "Sea Asia 2015" Singapore, 20-22 April 2015
"World Ocean Summit 2015" - Cascais, Portugal, 3-5 June, 2015
BLUE ECONOMY; BLUE GROWTH
LINKS & REFERENCE
A SEAVAX DRONE - This is a raw proposal for a robot ship that is designed to vacuum up plastic waste from the ocean based on the Bluefish ZCC concept. The vessel is solar and wind powered - and shares component with other ZCC variants. The front end (right) is modified so that there is a wide scoop area, into which plastic waste is funneled as the ship moves forward. The waste is pumped into a large holding bay after treatment, then stored until it can be off-loaded. The front of the ship sports two large wind turbines that generate electricity in combination with deck mounted solar panels to power the onboard processing machinery. The system can be semi-autonomous, such that in robot mode they vessel alerts and operational HQ to any potential problems and shares information as to progress for stake holders. The entire cleanup mission can be controlled from land, with visuals and data streams. A SeaVax ship would operate using a search program called SeaNet.
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