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Symposium 2013

Governing the World’s Oceans

The Challenge

The significance of our oceans for human life, the world’s climate and biodiversity is immense. Oceans cover more than 71 per cent of the planet’s surface, provide 97 per cent of its water supply, and their yet widely unknown biodiversity is unparalleled. They provide jobs and growth, food, energy, and raw materials, and 70 per cent of global trade is handled by ships. Oceans thereby secure the livelihoods of millions of people, especially in coastal regions. But these livelihoods are increasingly endangered by the effects of global warming, by the unrestricted exploitation of the oceans and by the ecological damage the oceans are suffering from overfishing, pollution and noise.

Ocean research, maritime business, shipbuilding, marine transport and tourism all offer opportunities for sustainable growth, but we have to grasp these opportunities. What is needed is an ecosystem- based approach to ocean management that will reconcile political, economic, social and environmental interests and which will integrate state, regional and local concerns – not only on a national basis, but also internationally. But realizing such an approach is not straightforward and faces several challenges.

In general, it needs to be recognized that the major problems we face are neither scientific nor technological – they are human-driven. We are not destroying the oceans because of ignorance, but rather because of economic reasons and indifference.

This session is part of the issue cluster "New Opportunities for Global Cooperation" and organized in cooperation with Dräger Foundation.

    Solutions

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    Involve the maritime business community when developing ocean governance policies

    Involve the maritime business community when developing ocean governance policies

    Involve the maritime business community when developing ocean governance policies

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
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    Put the world's oceans higher on the radar of public discussion

    Put the world's oceans higher on the radar of public discussion

    Put the world's oceans higher on the radar of public discussion

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
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    Strengthen international organizations and enhance intergovernmental co-operation on the world's oceans

    Strengthen international organizations and enhance intergovernmental co-operation on the world's oceans

    Strengthen international organizations and enhance intergovernmental co-operation on the world's oceans

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
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    Turn the high seas into a marine reserve

    Turn the high seas into a marine reserve

    Turn the high seas into a marine reserve

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
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    Abolish the biggest enemies of oceans: environmentally harmful subsidies

    Abolish the biggest enemies of oceans: environmentally harmful subsidies

    Abolish the biggest enemies of oceans: environmentally harmful subsidies

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
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    Improve monitoring of fishing activities in the world's oceans

    Improve monitoring of fishing activities in the world's oceans

    Improve monitoring of fishing activities in the world's oceans

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
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    Develop a Code of Conduct for the Arctic

    Develop a Code of Conduct for the Arctic

    Develop a Code of Conduct for the Arctic

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
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    Advance science for better risk management of marine ecosystems

    Advance science for better risk management of marine ecosystems

    Advance science for better risk management of marine ecosystems

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
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    Start with small steps to improve ocean governance

    Start with small steps to improve ocean governance

    Start with small steps to improve ocean governance

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society

    Proposals

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    Governing the World’s Ocean Requires Industry Leadership and Collaboration

    Leadership and collaboration by the diverse, international ocean business community is essential to addressing ocean governance and sustainability in of the dynamic, interconnected global ocean. Succe ...

    Leadership and collaboration by the diverse, international ocean business community is essential to addressing ocean governance and sustainability in of the dynamic, interconnected global ocean. Successful international ecosystem-based ocean management that reconciles political, economic, social and environmental interests is not possible without active involvement, if not leadership, from the ocean business community. Ocean sustainability concerns are increasingly being pursed through globally coordinated efforts and unfortunately there is often not a corresponding coordination of effort by the sectorally fragmented ocean business community to engage these cross-cutting issues. Ocean stakeholders are pushing for increased regulation in a variety of international venues where

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
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    Elephants and the ocean: building a brighter, smarter future for our seas

    I recently came across the concept of “The Black Elephant" – a cross between two metaphors: the “Elephant in the Room” (an issue that everyone knows is important but no one wants to mention) a ...

    I recently came across the concept of “The Black Elephant" – a cross between two metaphors: the “Elephant in the Room” (an issue that everyone knows is important but no one wants to mention) and “the Black Swan” (a wholly unexpected event with enormous ramifications). The Black Elephant, then, is an occurrence that is perfectly foreseeable but whose causes are ignored – until it happens.  Then it is passed off as a Black Swan. Ocean health is a Black Elephant. The combined effects of overfishing, habitat loss, ocean acidification and pollution are a clear and present danger to life on

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
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    A new deal for the oceans

    In the past century, the variety and abundance of ocean life have been greatly reduced by overfishing and a cocktail of man-made stresses, particularly pollution (including greenhouse gases). The rate ...

    In the past century, the variety and abundance of ocean life have been greatly reduced by overfishing and a cocktail of man-made stresses, particularly pollution (including greenhouse gases). The rate of loss is increasing and more damage has been done in the last thirty years than in all of previous human history. Some of these stresses will continue to increase in the coming decades while we institute policies to bring them under control. Things will get worse before they get better. Because of the overwhelming influence that the oceans have in the processes that define our planet, these losses not

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
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    What Will Success Look Like in the Arctic?

    Global cooperation is crucial to ensure that the earth’s northernmost region is developed sustainably. This article is adapted from “Demystifying the Arctic by Stating the Truths,” a report by t ...

    Global cooperation is crucial to ensure that the earth’s northernmost region is developed sustainably. This article is adapted from “Demystifying the Arctic by Stating the Truths,” a report by the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Arctic. A longer version will appear in the Autumn 2013 issue of strategy+business. As the ice recedes in the Arctic, talk of industry entering the region to take advantage of its economic opportunities is on the rise. The territories contain significant natural resources, including conventional hydrocarbons, metals, fish, and high-value minerals. At the same time, as the region’s waters become more navigable,

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
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    Ensure sustainable development for oceans and coasts

    The oceans are our most diverse and important ecosystems, covering more than 70 percent of our planet’s surface. The oceans are essential for supporting life on earth and contribute to global and re ...

    The oceans are our most diverse and important ecosystems, covering more than 70 percent of our planet’s surface. The oceans are essential for supporting life on earth and contribute to global and regional elemental cycling. They regulate our climate and thus facilitate the formation of habitats that allowed humans to thrive and develop our current societies. The oceans also provide us with natural resources such as food, raw materials, medical substances, and energy. Moreover, they are essential for international trade, and for recreational and cultural activities. However, marine and coastal ecosystems are subject to increasing pressures caused by free access

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