A sustainable development goal for the ocean and Coasts: Global ocean challenges benefit from regional initiatives supporting globally coordinated solutions.

Visbeck, Martin , Kronfeld-Goharani, Ulrike, Neumann, Barbara, Rickels, Wilfried, Schmidt, Jörn, van Doorn, Erik, Matz-Lück, Nele and Proelss, Alexander (2014) A sustainable development goal for the ocean and Coasts: Global ocean challenges benefit from regional initiatives supporting globally coordinated solutions. Marine Policy, 49 . pp. 87-89. DOI 10.1016/j.marpol.2014.02.010.

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Abstract

The ocean regulates the global climate, provides humans with natural resources such as food, materials, important substances, and energy, and is essential for international trade and recreational and cultural activities. Together with human development and economic growth, free access to, and availability of, ocean resources and services have exerted strong pressure on marine systems, ranging from overfishing, increasing resource extraction, and alteration of coastal zones to various types of thoughtless pollution. International cooperation and effective governance are required to protect the marine environment and promote the sustainable use of marine resources in such a way that due account can be taken of the environmental values of current generations and the needs of future generations. The high seas deserve particular attention since they suffer from a number of regulatory shortcomings due to the basic structures set out under international law. Against this backdrop, developing and agreeing on a focussed Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) specifically for the Ocean and Coasts could prove to be an essential element to provide guidance and a framework for regional implementation agreements.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: High seas; Areas beyond national jurisdiction; Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); Sustainability
Research affiliation: Kiel University > Kiel Marine Science
Kiel University
OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence
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OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB1 Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics > FB1-PO Physical Oceanography
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OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence > FO-R01
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI etc.: 10.1016/j.marpol.2014.02.010
ISSN: 0308-597X
Projects: Future Ocean
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2014 11:07
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2017 09:12
URI: http://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/24669

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