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Informed selfishness – Practical reflections on building a sustainable ocean economy
Addo, K.A.; Adeyemo, O.; Adewumi, I.J.; Blasiak, R.; Juniper, S.K.; Owens, D.; Owens, T.; Sumaila, U.R. (2021). Informed selfishness – Practical reflections on building a sustainable ocean economy. Mar. Policy 133: 104735.
In: Marine Policy. Elsevier: UK. ISSN 0308-597X; e-ISSN 1872-9460, more
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    Sustainable oceans; Global South and Global North; Local; Regional; Global

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  • Addo, K.A.
  • Adeyemo, O.
  • Adewumi, I.J.
  • Blasiak, R.
  • Juniper, S.K.
  • Owens, D.
  • Owens, T.
  • Sumaila, U.R.

    In September 2018, a group of 14 Heads of States and Governments from all regions of the world came together to create the High Level Panel (HLP) for a Sustainable Ocean Economy (SOE). The HLP is co-chaired by the Prime Minister of Norway and the President of Palau. Simply put, the HLP seeks to ensure a SOE worldwide. In February 2021, the #VirtualBlueDecade initiative convened a panel of ocean practitioners from both the Global South and Global North to reflect on practical ways to build a SOE. Here, we present a summary of the key issues discussed by the panel, grouped around five topics: (i) words do initiate actions; (ii) goal setting is an important step in achieving a SOE; (iii) unsustainable practices are no longer justifiable as necessary evils for funding or obtaining social license for the transformation to a SOE; (iv) scientists must learn to communicate with policy makers; and (v) support South-South cooperation. We conclude that to achieve a SOE, the concept of “Informed Selfishness” should be considered as a guiding principle for developing policies and implementing sustainability actions.

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