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Integrated Ocean Management

This paper makes the case for integrated ecosystem-based management which combines value creation and the safeguarding of ecosystem health.

By learning from previous successes and failures, the paper identifies existing impediments in policy and practice and lays out a set of steps and guiding principles towards successfully integrated ocean management.

Finally, it assesses current opportunities to accelerate progress and the impact of these opportunities on jobs and equity.

The authors for this paper are: Jan-Gunnar Winther, Minhan Dai, Fanny Douvere, Leanne Fernandes, Patrick Halpin, Alf Håkon Hoel, Marie Antonette Juinio-Meñez, Yangfan Li, Karyn Morrissey, Therese Rist, Fabio Rubio Scarano, Amy Trice, Sebastian Unger, and Sandra Whitehouse,

On 20th May 2020, the paper was launched via a webinar ‘Integrated Ocean Management’ featuring Blue Paper lead authors Jan-Gunnar Winther and Minhan Dai, contributing authors Marie Antonette Juinio-Meñez and Amy Trice, as well as Ocean Panel Sherpas from Portugal, Ricardo Serrão Santos, Minister of the Sea and Norway, Vidar Helgesen, Special Representative for the Ocean.

Along with the WRI blog ‘Integrated Ocean Management: 5 Success Stories of Ocean Health and Wealth’, by Blue Paper authors Jan-Gunnar Winther and Minhan Dai; Secretariat team members Eliza Northrop and Ines Aguiar Branco, lead author Jan-Gunnar Winther published ‘Integrated ocean management can accelerate blue growth’ on The Economist Group’s World Ocean Initiative.


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