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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.

Start with small steps to improve ocean governance

In addition to declaring long-term goals, smaller steps should also be taken to work towards more sustainable use of the oceans. For example, regional co-operation can lead to better management as actors and stakeholders can more easily be involved, particularly in the case of enclosed or semi-enclosed waters such as the Baltic or the Mediterranean. In addition, flags of convenience should be abolished so that the Law of the Sea can no longer be circumvented.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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