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Towards Ocean Equity

This paper examines the distribution of the goods and services provided by the ocean, existing inequities and the resulting impacts on the environment, human health and income distribution now and in the future. The paper outlines the tensions and trade-offs, and presents recommendations for addressing some of the underlying and systemic features of ocean inequities and how policy can support the transition to a sustainable and just ocean economy.

The lead authors of this paper are Henrik Österblom, Colette C.C. Wabnitz and Dire Tladi. Contributing authors include Edward H. Allison, Sophie Arnaud-Haond, Jan Bebbington, Nathan Bennett, Robert Blasiak, Wiebren Boonstra, Afrina Choudhury, Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor, Tim Daw, Michael Fabinyi, Nicole Franz, Harriet Harden-Davies, Danika Kleiber, Priscila Lopes, Cynthia McDougall, Budy P. Resosudarmo and Samiya A. Selim.

On 6th March 2020, the paper was launched via a webinar ‘Towards Ocean Equity’, moderated by Expert Group Co-Chair Jane Lubchenco and report authors Henrik Österblom, Colette, Wabnitz and Afrina Choudhury.

Tommy Remengesau Jr., the President of Palau and Ocean Panel Co-chair, published ‘Ocean degradation falls heaviest on Those least responsible’ in the Sydney Morning Herald. The WRI blog post, ‘The Ocean Genome Helps Fight Disease: Here's How We Save It’, also connects the report to issues surrounding the Ocean Genome. It was authored by Secretariat Team members Ines Aguiar Branco and Lauren Thuringer and Blue Paper authors Colette Wabnitz, Rachel Wynberg, Henrik Österblom and Robert Blasiak.

 

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