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Solution for 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, ...

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.

Involve the maritime business community when developing ocean governance policies

Leadership and collaboration by the diverse international ocean business community are essential for addressing ocean governance. Today, ocean governance regimes and policies often emerge from processes in which industry is not well engaged. But responsible industry performers are well positioned to develop and drive business-oriented solutions to marine environmental challenges, to address marine environmental issues, to differentiate themselves from poor performers, and to collaborate with like-minded companies within and across sectors. Partnerships between governments, business and NGOs should foster pro-active behavior of industry. Oceans have to be communicated as part of the global economy.

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