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The Human Relationship with Our Ocean Planet

Through a historical lens, this paper illustrates the differing economic, legal, institutional, social and cultural relationships people of varying cultures have with the ocean.

Focusing on the institutions that affect access and rights, this paper addresses concerns about the appropriation of marine resources and displacement of indigenous visions for ocean governance by identifying ways in which these culturally distinct institutions are compatible and charting a path toward inclusive ocean governance. 

The authors for this paper are: Edward H. Allison, John Kurien,Yoshitaka Ota, Dedi S. Adhuri, J. Maarten Bavinck, Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor, Michael Fabinyi, Svein Jentoft, Sallie Lau, Tabitha Grace Mallory, Ayodeji Olukoju, Ingrid van Putten, Natasha Stacey, Michelle Voyer and Nireka Weeratunge.

'The Human Relationship with Our Ocean Planet' launched via a webinar on 8th September 2020. The event was moderated by Heather Koldewey, National Geographic Fellow, and featured speakers Taholo Kami, Special Representative for Oceans and Sherpa to Fiji on the Ocean Panel along side co-lead authors Eddie Allison and John Kurien as well as contributing author Nireka Weeratunge and panellist Sophie Benbow.

Blue Paper authors Eddie Allison and John Kurien also published a blog, ‘Diving into diverse human-ocean relationships bares the base of a fair blue economy’ in CGIAR and Blue Paper author Nireka Weeratunge published a blog, ‘What Has the Ocean Ever Done for Us? Humanizing the Sustainable Ocean Economy Narrative’ in WRI Insights.



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