After 18 months of analysis and consultation, the Global Ocean Commission has released its report, “From Decline to Recovery: A Rescue Package for the Global Ocean”. The Commission is a high level initiative aimed at reversing degradation of the ocean and restoring it to full health and productivity. Its focus is on the high seas, the areas that lie outside the jurisdiction of individual governments.
Cristina Rumbaitis del Rio, Senior Associate Director at the Rockefeller Foundation, guest blogs on the importance of equity in the blue growth economy.
At the Global Ocean Action Summit in late April, while speaking on a panel I quipped that the Summit’s subtitle , “Action for Food Security and Blue Growth,” should have been Action for Food Security and Inclusive Blue Growth, because so many different equity issues underpin the success of the blue growth agenda.
“Stewardship is not only an environmental concern, it’s also a health, economic, food security and moral issue,” US Secretary of State John Kerry in his address to the Global Oceans Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth.
Oceans elicit emotional reactions in many people. They are places where we swim, fish, sail or simply watch the world go by. Yet, increasingly, we hear troubling messages that oceans are under grave threat from overfishing, pollution, climate change and more. These messages move us to take action. But, what actions can right past wrongs and create future opportunities?