Righting ocean wrongs

05 Sep 2013

The Global Ocean Commission is seeking views on how to reverse degradation of the ocean and restore it to full, sustainable productivity.

The Commission is launching an online survey that aims to gather expertise from every sector of society and every part of the world. Responses will help write its roadmap for ocean restoration, due for publication early next year.

José María Figueres, former President of Costa Rica, co-chairs the Global Ocean Commission with Trevor Manuel, South African Minister in the Presidency, and David Miliband, former UK Foreign Secretary and incoming President of the International Rescue Committee.

José María Figueres said, “There is abundant evidence showing that the global ocean is trouble. Loss of important biodiversity, decline in fisheries yields, the impacts of climate change – it’s all well documented. What we need now are ideas for putting it right – and we’re urging people to complete our survey and share their thoughts on how we can right the ocean wrongs.”

The Commission’s focus is on the high seas, the internationally governed ocean beyond the jurisdiction of individual governments, which covers nearly half of the planet’s surface.