A new global coalition, of international organisations has been launched in an effort to support the creation of comprehensive strategies for the sustainability of the world’s oceans.
Ocean Action 2030 has been created to provide countries with technical and financial assistance to develop and implement Sustainable Ocean Plans. These plans, a core recommendation of the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy (Ocean Panel), are a foundation for integrated, sustainable and inclusive ocean management that benefits people, nature and the economy.
The group involves 16 leading technical and financial institutions working around the world on issues relevant to the transition to a sustainable ocean economy. The member institutions include the Asian Development Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, Ocean Conservancy, The World Bank, World Resources Institute and World Wide Fund for Nature.
“The World Bank is fully committed to supporting countries as they embark on a path towards a Blue Economy approach. We are already working with countries that have requested financial assistance to implement the recommendations of the High Level Panel,” said Karin Kemper, global director of Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy at the World Bank.
The coalition said it will deliver a range of technical and financial support. The World Bank will provide support to its client countries to implement a Blue Economy approach focused on the sustainable and integrated development of oceanic sectors in healthy oceans. The IOC-UNESCO will offer a turnkey program to help countries develop marine spatial plans that integrate economic and environmental planning and zoning. The Blue Prosperity Coalition has just launched a program in partnership with the Republic of Fiji, to assist the country’s vision to sustainably manage 100% of its ocean and marine resources while implementing their global leadership commitments to protect 30% by 2030.
“The implementation of Sustainable Ocean Plans could bring about improved, inclusive and integrated management to the one-third of the ocean that is within national waters,” said Julian Barbière, Head of Marine Policy at the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO. “Building on its expertise in marine spatial planning, IOC-UNESCO supports countries to move away from isolated sectoral management to an integrated planning framework that considers the ocean as an engine of sustainable and equitable development.”