The world relies on the ocean to cover increasing needs for food, energy and transport. However, marine ecosystems are facing serious challenges from climate change, over-exploitation, loss of biodiversity and pollution. Now, more than ever, there is a pressing need to strike the balance between production and protection and better respond to the needs of all ocean users – both present and future.
Integrated Ocean Management (IOM) enables a shift from the business as usual approach towards the management of our marine resources – fragmented, driven by individual sectors, unresponsive to social and ecological priorities – to a holistic, adaptive and multi-sectoral approach that integrates social, economic and ecological dimensions of development. Integrated Ocean Management puts ecosystems and knowledge at the centre of every decision-making process in order to achieve the sustainable management of our ocean. By balancing various human needs and ocean uses, IOM safeguards ocean health, supports the growth in a sustainable ocean economy and ensures the long-term prosperity of society.
The paper’s authors and other experts will demonstrate how Integrated Ocean Management can deliver both ocean health and ocean wealth by highlighting experiences from five diverse regions that have all adopted this approach: Norway, the United States, China, the Coral Triangle and the Seychelles.
Ricardo Serrão Santos, Minister of the Sea and Sherpa for the Prime Minister on the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy, Portugal
Vidar Helgesen, Norway’s Special Representative for the Ocean and Sherpa for the Prime Minister on the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy
Minhan Dai, Xiamen University
Jan-Gunnar Winther, Centre for the Ocean and the Arctic, and Norwegian Polar Institute
Marie Antonette Juinio-Meñez, University of the Philippines
Amy Trice, Ocean Conservancy
Craig Hanson, World Resources Institute (Moderator)