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Ocean Watch Launch
The ocean is a vital resource that supports humankind, underpinning the global economy, food and economic security for hundreds of millions of people around the world, and one acts as one of the largest carbon sinks. The importance of the ocean cannot be overstated, reaching into the lives of all people through the air they breathe or the food they eat, regardless of their proximity to the coast. Yet, the health of the ocean is in decline, with fish stocks falling, the ocean becoming more acidic, and ecosystems being degraded all under the growing pressure of climate change.

Access to data is critical to support policy makers, non-governmental organization and civil society act to restore and protect the health of the ocean. Without the stable foundation of healthy ecosystems, meeting many of the goals for equitable ocean economic development will not be possible.

This webinar will launch Ocean Watch, a new open data platform for the global ocean produced by World Resources Institute that provides a curated access to data to support users understand the often-complex interactions between land and sea and integrate stakeholders in the reducing coastal pollution. The platform will help foster a move toward policies rooted in integrated ocean management in line with the recommendations of the Ocean Panel.

Supporting this launch, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) International Resource Panel will present findings from their recent report Governing Coastal Resources: Implications for a Sustainable Blue Economy which presents opportunities for action that can help account for and reduce major land-based pressures upon coastal resources.

Jon Baines, WRI
Steve Fletcher, University of Portsmouth & International Resource Panel
Chris Corbin, Cartagena Convention Secretariat
Jessie Turner, OA Alliance
Kate Wing, Intertidal Agency (Moderator)

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Nov 30, 2021 01:00 PM in London

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