About Beyond Oceans
A healthy ocean that is sustainably managed can support sustainable development in multiple forms. This potential was recognized at the 2017 UN Ocean Conference, where the international community recognized that the ocean is at the centre of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and that achieving Global Sustainable Development Goal 14 (SDG 14 Life Below Water) is intrinsically linked to achieving multiple other SDGs.
Countries around the world depend on the ocean for food security, work, livelihoods and culture, over and above the primary ecosystem services the ocean provides and that we all rely upon: freshwater renewal, carbon dioxide absorption, and production of half the oxygen we breathe.
A greater balance between conservation and sustainable use of the ocean is therefore needed to avoid negative impacts on poverty reduction, food security, human health, cultural heritage, decent employment, and fair and equitable economic development (SDGs 1-8 & 10-17).
An overarching goal of the One Ocean Hub is to investigate and highlight the intimate links between a healthy marine environment and sustainable development, with a view of strengthening the recognition of healthy oceans from a human rights perspective.
In so doing, the Hub will develop tools and approaches that can be used by other researchers (including in other areas of research) to ensure that academic research is responsive to development needs and co-developed with communities, women and youth. It will share these tools through a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for responsible research and innovation for development.