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THE OPPORTUNITIES OF ACTION, THE RISKS OF INACTION: The leaders of Australia, Canada, Chile, Fiji, Ghana, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Namibia, Norway, Palau and Portugal have committed to sustainably manage nearly 30 million sq km of their national waters by 2025.
These countries are behind the High Level Panel for Sustainable Ocean Economy and in early December 2020, the leaders released their final report Transformations for a Sustainable Ocean Economy: A Vision for Protection, Production and Prosperity.
The result is a new ocean action agenda that – if achieved – could help produce as much as 6 times more food from the ocean, generate 40 times more renewable energy, lift millions of people out of poverty, and contribute one-fifth of the GHG emissions reductions needed to stay within 1.5°C.
The Ocean Panel has worked with an advisory network comprised of more than 135 private sector, NGO and intergovernmental organizations across 35 countries to advance action through their own institutions and networks.
The work of the Ocean Panel is also supported by an expert group composed of over 70 leading scientists and experts from 26 countries. All the scientific work was coordinated by Jane Lubchenco who is a member of the centre's International Science Advisory Council.
Centre researchers have been deeply involved in a series of commissioned Blue Papers exploring pressing challenges at the nexus of the ocean and the economy:
Leading by example, the Ocean Panel countries each committed to put a Sustainable Ocean Plan in place by 2025.
It also supports a global target to protect 30% of the ocean by 2030, where each country’s contribution will depend on national circumstances.
In addition to the 100% commitment, there are 74 priority actions detailed in the Transformations that
achieved consensus from the 14 countries.
The recommendations focus on five critical areas:
Together, they point to where the world should be in the next decade, when the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development conclude. The Ocean Panel commits to deliver on these actions by 2030 or sooner.
For too long, we have perceived a false choice between ocean protection and production. No longer. We understand the opportunities of action and the risks of inaction, and we know the solutions. Building a sustainable ocean economy is one of the greatest opportunities of our time.
Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway and Ocean Panel Co-chair
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