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Issues of context, capacity and scale: Essential conditions and missing links for a sustainable blue economy

“The blue economy has roots in the international arena of sustainable development and sets out to unlock opportunities for economy and society whilst protecting and enhancing marine environments. To date there has been no analysis of how this overarching intention for sustainability has influenced the rapid development of blue economy policies at national and regional […]

Assessment of small pelagic fish stocks in Ghanaian and adjacent waters

“a) Five stocks of small pelagic fish important to Ghana are assessed for the period 1990-2017.These are based on the stock area as used by FAO that also includes catches from Côted’Ivoire, Togo and Benin. The stocks assessed include anchovy (Engraulis encrasicolus),round sardinella (Sardinella aurita), flat sardinella (Sardinella maderensis), bonga shad(Ethmalosa fimbriata) and Cunene horse […]

Assessment of demersal fish stocks in Ghanaian and adjacent waters

“This report forms part of work package RP3 – Integrated Evidence for OceanManagement – as part of the Ghana Workplan. It contributes to deliverable 3.03“Part I Fisheries data collation” and “Part II Inshore fish stock assessment”. The workis based primarily on data collated by the Fishery Committee for the Eastern CentralAtlantic (CECAF) and reported in […]

INTEGRATING the ocean, climate change adaptation and mitigation, biodiversity (ecosystem restoration) and human rights IN PRACTICE: Evidence of multiple benefits and replicable methods from Algoa Bay, South Africa

“This case study summarizes evidence of multiple, benefits and replicable methods in integrating the ocean, climate change adaptation and mitigation, biodiversity (ecosystem restoration) and human rights. This evidence and methods arise from the research carried out in Algoa Bay, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa, by a multi-funded project at Nelson Mandela University (the “Algoa Bay […]

Integrated and Inclusive Ocean Governance is Essential to Tackling Climate Change

Key Messages: COP26 should recognize the need to systematically integrate the ocean in future climate mitigation and adaptation action (notably nature-based solutions), because integrated and inclusive ocean governance is essential to tackling climate change across scales. COP26 is an opportunity for governments to prioritize policy coherence at the nexus between the ocean, climate change, biodiversity […]

Next-generation ensemble projections reveal higher climate risks for marine ecosystems

“Projections of climate change impacts on marine ecosystems have revealed long-term declines in global marine animal biomass and unevenly distributed impacts on fisheries. Here we apply an enhanced suite of global marine ecosystem models from the Fisheries and Marine Ecosystem Model Intercomparison Project (Fish-MIP), forced by new-generation Earth system model outputs from Phase 6 of […]

One Ocean Hub: climate change research in a nutshell

“Covering over 70% of the planet, the ocean is essential for controlling the earth’s climate, supporting livelihoods and providing food for millions of people. Changes in ocean conditions impact global climate patterns, local coastal environments, and our ways of life. One Ocean Hub is an international programme of research for sustainable development that promotes fair […]

REPORT: SDG 14 and Children’s Human Rights

“The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights stated that the effective realisation of children’s rights is the basis for the achievement of a sustainable future and the attainment of all human rights.[1] This requires that the Sustainable Development Goals should be fulfilled in line with the Convention on the Rights of the Child.[2] In […]

POLICY BRIEF: Don’t forget a healthy ocean as part of children’s right to a healthy environment

This policy brief is primarily aimed at human rights lawyers, government representatives and civil society contributing to discussions on children’s rights and the environment, with a view to raising their awareness about the unique role the ocean has in the protection of those rights. The brief is also relevant for: State actors who make decisions […]