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FileGuatemala Baseline Assessment Report by Damaris Waigwa — last modified Apr 28, 2015 12:27
Document in Spanish
Our Common Future Under Climate Change from Jul 07, 2015 08:00 to Jul 10, 2015 05:00 UNESCO HQ in Paris, France, by Damaris Waigwa
Organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), International Council for Science (ICSU) and Future Earth, in collaboration with a partnership of French organizations, this science-focused conference will examine the latest research around climate change. Participants will discuss the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and any new research since the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). The event will touch upon the following themes: state of knowledge on climate change; scenarios exploring our common future; responding to climate change challenges; and collective action and transformative solutions. The Chair of the conference is Chris Field, Co-Chair of Working Group II of the IPCC.
GloBallast e-learning course on Operations Aspects of Ballast Water Management by Damaris Waigwa — last modified Apr 28, 2015 10:51
The e-learning course on Operational Aspects of BWM is based on the GloBallast Advanced Training Course on Operational Aspects of BWM (developed with financial support from the GIA and the IMO Integrated Technical Cooperation Programme (ITCP)), and is aimed at all stakeholders who will have to deal with operational aspects of ballast water management, such as Port State Control Officers (PSCOs), but also seafarers, and all crew on board a ship. The course contains four modules; Introduction, Operational Aspects, Survey and Certification, and Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement (CME). In each module, the user will explore the issue in the context of the objective of the module, discover key facts to build on the users existing knowledge on BWM and finally use carefully designed hypothetical scenarios to put this new knowledge into practice.
File2014 CCRES Annual Report by Khristine Custodio — last modified Apr 27, 2015 11:30
This annual report summarizes the project's first year which was defined as a ‘scoping year’ to determine appropriate pilot sites, to plan on-ground activities in detail, and to develop the partnerships and collaborations required to undertake the activities in the Philippines and Indonesia. Key activities over the past year included detailed planning for the implementation of the research activities at the pilot sites; development of major partnerships and collaborations across the region; the establishment of activity teams to work on-ground; the development of the stakeholder networks required for the outreach components of the activities; and major announcements and launches of the pilot sites in the Philippines and Indonesia.
FileEssential EAFM: Developing capacity in the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM) by Khristine Custodio — last modified Apr 27, 2015 11:29
The ecosystem approach offers a practical and effective means to manage fisheries more holistically. It represents a move away from fisheries management that focuses on target species, towards systems and decision-making processes that balance environmental, human and social well-being within improved governance frameworks. However, many fisheries, environment and planning staff lack experience in how to implement the ecosystems approach. The Essential EAFM training course has been developed by a group of partner organizations to address these capacity development needs. Essential EAFM training will help institutions and their staff prepare and implement improved fisheries management plans and provides the practical skills, tools and resources to do so. Read this brochure for a brief explanation on the Essential EAFM.
FileBaseline Assessment Study for the GEF CReW Project Costa Rica by Damaris Waigwa — last modified Apr 29, 2015 08:42
Esta evaluación nacional de referencia sobre Gestión de Aguas Residuales para Jamaica fue preparado para ofrecer información para un estudio de evaluación regional de referencia sobre Gestión de Aguas Residuales de la Región del Gran Caribe. La evaluación regional ayudará a estos gobiernos en el cumplimiento de los requisitos del Protocolo Relativo a la Contaminación Procedente de Fuentes y Actividades Terrestres (Protocolo LBS) , con especial énfasis en el cumplimiento de los estándares de efluentes establecidos en el anexo III del Protocolo. La evaluación regional ayudará a la Unidad de Coordinación del Programa Ambiental del Caribe - Regional de las Naciones Unidas (PNUMAUCR / CAR) en el diseño y ejecución de las futuras actividades de creación de capacidad. Será la base de la información para un amplio grupo de interesados para entender la general y las necesidades específicas que deben ser considerados en el desarrollo de planes nacionales de gestión de las aguas residuales domésticas.
FileStock take of CTI-CFF Programs & Projects by Damaris Waigwa — last modified Apr 26, 2015 10:00
The study draws insights from a number of programs and projects supported by GEF under International Waters Focal Area (listed in the Annexes) and is relevant for future programming. It was endorsed by the Financial Resources Working Group of the CTI-CFF and accepted by the Council of Senior Officials (CSO) from the 6 Coral Triangle countries in November 2014, and was recently updated based on fresh developments.
FileBaseline Assessment Study on Wastewater Management Jamaica by Damaris Waigwa — last modified Apr 24, 2015 11:44
This National Baseline Assessment on Wastewater Management for Jamaica was prepared to provide information for a Regional Baseline Assessment Study on Wastewater Management for the Wider Caribbean Region. The regional assessment will assist these governments in meeting the requirements of the Protocol Concerning Pollution from Land - Based Sources and Activities (LBS Protocol), with particular emphasis on meeting the effluent standards specified in Annex III of the Protocol. The Regional Assessment will assist the United Nations Environment Programme -Caribbean Regional coordinating Unit (UNEP-CAR/RCU) in the design and implementation of future capacity building activities. It will be the foundation of information for a broad group of stakeholders to understand the general and the specific needs that should be considered in the development of national domestic wastewater management plans
FileBaseline Assessment Study on Wastewater Management Belize by Damaris Waigwa — last modified Apr 24, 2015 07:19
This National Baseline Assessment on Wastewater Management for Belize was prepared to provide information for a Regional Baseline Assessment Study on Wastewater Management for the Wider Caribbean Region. The regional assessment will assist these governments in meeting the requirements of the Protocol Concerning Pollution from Land-Based Sources and Activities (LBS Protocol), with particular emphasis on meeting the effluent standards specified in Annex III of the Protocol. The Regional Assessment will assist the United Nations Environment Programme-Caribbean Regional Coordinating Unit (UNEP-CAR/RCU) in the design and implementation of future capacity building activities. It will be the foundation of information for a broad group of stakeholders to understand the general and the specific needs that should be considered in the development of national domestic wastewater management plans.
FileСТРАТЕГИЧЕСКИЙ ПЛАН ДЕЙСТВИЙ ПО КАСПИЙСКОМУ МОРЮ by Mish Hamid — last modified Apr 29, 2015 08:48
Updated Russian-language version of the Caspian Sea Strategic Action Programme - recieved 2014. A number of studies and preparatory works from which the Strategic Plan of Action, held in the framework of support provided by the Caspian Environment Programme international partners. The results and conclusions of the document belong to the parties, approve the document, and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of international partners, including the European Commission, the Global Environment Facility, the World Bank, UNEP, UNDP and UNOPS.
FilePoster: Inventory and Mapping of Asian Transboundary Aquifers by Mish Hamid — last modified Apr 17, 2015 09:07
Han Zaisheng China University of Gesciences Yao Li Asian Transboundary Aquifers Inventory Mapping Transboundary aquifers as part of groundwater resource systems are important for Asian countries. The updated regional inventory of Transboundary aquifers will form a basis to create awareness among the political leaders, policy makers and planners to improve scientific knowledge and to develop a toolkit for management of TBAs. The Asian Hydrogeological Map in 1:10 million scales as a base and update the preliminary inventory Asian Transboundary Aquifer Map. Those TBAs will also be classified in to two types: regional and local grade. Groundwater resources assessments have been taken in most countries of Asia. The hydrogeological survey on a medium scale has performed regional quantitative assessment of natural groundwater resources in most countries of Asia. However groundwater assessment, monitoring, and data management activities are operated regularly in China, India, Japan, Korea, and Thailand etc. The groundwater could be differentiated into eleven groundwater systems and 36 sub-systems. Those provide groundwater data and information over large area. There are several transboundary aquifers, involving two or more countries in Asia. Transboundary aquifers in Asia are based on groundwater systems analysis. We have collected the essential and the missed transboundary aquifers data. The Transboundary aquifers in Asia have been classified into two grades. The regional Transboundary aquifer extension is more than 2500 km2. The situation of the regional TBAs will identify as the actual shape of the aquifers. The Local Transboundary aquifer extension is less than 2500 km2. Most transboundary Aquifers are inventory according the published achievements in the last several years. Some TBAs are inventory with the analyses on the Asian groundwater resources map. The updated regional inventory of Transboundary aquifers will form a basis to improve scientific knowledge and to develop a toolkit for management of TBAs. On the update Map, 67 Transboundary Aquifers are inventoried. The Draft 2011 is the Achievement of the first step for detail mapping of Asian Transboundary aquifers. Those aquifers in Asia are important for building a society where all civilizations coexist harmoniously and accommodate each other. We are very appreciating for them who give the modified or corrected suggestions on the map.
FilePoster: Genetic Population Structure of Some Small Pelagic Fishes in the Sulu-Sulawesi Marine Ecoregion (SSME) by Mish Hamid — last modified Apr 17, 2015 09:07
Pedrosa-Gerasmio Ivane UNDP-GEF Sulu Celebes Sea Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SCS SFM): Stock Identification Study/ National Fisheries Research and Development Institute Altair Agmata and Mudjekeewis D. Santos SSME, small pelagics, stock structure, mitochondrial DNA Pelagic fish dominate the world's fisheries, constituting one of the few major food sources harvested from wild populations. They likewise are the major food source in the Sulu-Sulawesi Marine Ecoregion (SSME) bordered by Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines. The management of this resource is thus of prime importance, though basic biological information, especially relating to population structure, is often lacking. In this study, the genetic population structure of some commercially important small pelagic fishes sampled from SSME countries using a total of 309, 305, 326, and 364 base pairs (bp) of the mitochondrial DNA region was investigated for frigate tuna (Auxis thazard), Bali sardine (Sardinella lemuru), Indian mackerel (Rastrelliger kanagurta) and Big-eyed scad (Selar crumenophthalmus), respectively. High percentage of variation, low overall FST value, high haplotype diversity shown in a scattered Median-Joining haplotype network are indicative of panmixia in the Sulu-Celebes Seas. Therefore, any management practice to be implemented in the area should consider that the three countries (Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines) are sharing the said stocks. Indeed, mtDNA data indicate that management plans for these pelagic fishes require SSME-wide cooperation and governance.
FilePoster: Development of WORLDLAKE – global database for widee limnological studies by Mish Hamid — last modified Apr 17, 2015 09:07
Ryanzhin Sergey Institute of Limnology, Russian Academy of Sciences WORLDLAKE, global database, natural lakes, manmade lakes Global database, abbreviated as WORLDLAKE, was developed over past ten years for wide limnological studies (Ryanzhin, Straskraba 1999; Ryanzhin, Ulyanova Ryanzhin et al. 2001). WORLLAKE comprises vast geographical, morphometrical, hydrological, thermal, climatologic, limnological etc. literature data for “limnologically studied” lakes of the world, i.e. lakes where any limnological studies have been ever carried out. At present the database contains vast data on more than 51,000 natural (glacial, tectonic, volcanic, karst etc.) and 8,100 manmade (river dam lakes, excavated ponds, mining lakes etc.) lakes located in more than 150 countries, as well as more than 5,600 references. By continents and countries these data are distributed as following. Natural lakes: Europe (20,700 lakes), Asia (15,190), North America (11,870), Australia and Oceania (1,200), South America (1,080), Africa (700), Antarctic (230), Russia (9,821), USA (6,744), Canada (4,829), Kazakhstan (3,378), China (3,009), Poland (2,998), Germany (1,887) etc. Manmade lakes: Europe (4,093 lakes), North America (1,690), Asia (1,417), South America (585), Africa (351), Australia and Oceania (291), USA (1,399), Belarus (1,306), Russia (793), Germany (612), India (530), Brazil (450), Australia (243), Spain (221) etc. Currently, WORLDLAKE encompasses approx. 270 Mb. WORLDLAKE is presently enlarging and improving through new published and early not accessible data. Data from WORLDLAKE were previously analysed. The first results derived from the data accumulated in WORLDLAKE are global power statistical function of distribution of natural lake surface area distribution, and estimates of total lake surface are (2,7 ml sq.km) and volume (179,6 thousand km2) (Ryanzhin 2005, 2006). Currently, among others, we are going to calculate global statistics for morphometrical features of world lakes.
FilePoster: Sustainable Fish Stocks and Shared Responsibilities for an Ecosystem Approach in the South West Indian Ocean: SWIOFP Unites Nine Countries by Mish Hamid — last modified Apr 28, 2015 02:26
Payet Rondolph South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Project Johan Groeneveld South West Indian Ocean, ecosystem approach, fisheries, management The GEF Large Marine Ecosystem Programme in the western Indian Ocean consists of three inter-linked projects, for fisheries (South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Project or SWIOFP, funded by the World Bank), productivity (ASCLME, UNDP) and for land-based influences on the marine environment (WIO-Lab, UNEP). The SWIOFP assists nine member countries to: a) gather information about fish stocks and fisheries; b) build capacity in marine science and resource management; c) mainstream biodiversity conservation in fisheries policies; and d) support a regional framework for managing shared marine resources. The six components of SWIOFP address data and information technology, crustacean, demersal and pelagic fish resources, impacts of fishing on biodiversity and a fisheries management component. Strong collaborative links have been forged between fisheries scientists at a regional level leading to management of fisheries, which is reflected in many shared research projects that span international boundaries along the southeast African coast and the islands of Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles and Comoros. A retrospective analysis of past research surveys and fisheries catch and effort trends have been completed as a TDA baseline. Between 2008 and the present, SWIOFP facilitated numerous research surveys using chartered fishing vessels, trained and deployed fisheries observers at sea, funded 21 masters degrees, and set in motion institutional support to national management entities and the regional Commission for fisheries management in the SWIO. The project has successfully bridged the gap between the science and management of fisheries through developing in each country an EAF management plan. The project is in its final year and will leave a legacy of shared responsibility for shared stocks in the region and the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries institutionalised.
FilePoster: Lessons Learned from Guarani Aquifer System Project to Replicate in the Framework Program of La Plata Basin by Mish Hamid — last modified Apr 28, 2015 02:26
KETTELHUT JULIO Water Resources Department - Water Resources and Urban Environment Secretariat - Brazil International Waters, IWRM, Groundwater, Surface and groundwater integrated management, GEF project. "La Plata Basin (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay) is one of the largest catchments in South America, -extending over 3.1 million km2- and has enormous economic and social importance for the region. The Intergovernmental Coordinating Committee for the La Plata Basin Countries (CIC, in Spanish) was created by the governments of the five countries who agreed to carry out a joint and integrated study of the area. The agreement was consolidated in 1969 with the signing of the La Plata Basin Treaty, providing a basis for further bilateral and multilateral agreements concerning jurisdictional matters, navigation, fishing, pollution prevention, scientific research, etc. Currently, the CIC has a ’Framework Program for the Sustainable Management of the Water Resources of the la Plata Basin with respect to the Effects of Climate Variability and Change (FP)’. This FP is an ongoing project that is being implemented through a participatory process between the countries, with the support of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), through United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) and the Organization of American States (OAS), between 2010 and 2015. The FP was organized in 15 subcomponents in order to facilitate its implementation. One of them is the Integrated Management of Groundwater, in the framework of IWRM. There are substantial transboundary groundwater aquifers in the region, such as Guarani, Serra Geral, Yrendá Toba Tarijeño , Cauia-Bauru, Pantanal, among others. The Guaraní Aquifer System is the most important groundwater reservoir, due to its extent and volume with an area of approximately 1.2 million km2, in which there are almost 15 million inhabitants. A joint project, supported by GEF until January 2009, expanded and consolidated the knowledge about the aquifer. This paper draws mainly upon lessons learned from the Guaraní Aquifer System (GAS) project, which would be considered into the FP of the La Plata Basin, such as university and civil society involvement through public participation funds, empowerment of local actors on pilot projects implementation, national public institutions involved on project implementation, regulations should not include provisions that weaken or relativize the State sovereign rights, regulations and management are of little use if the resource being managed is unknown."
FilePoster: The UK Natural Hazards Partnership by Mish Hamid — last modified Apr 17, 2015 09:07
Pope Vicky Met Office Natural Hazards, resilience "An extreme weather event or other natural hazard such as flooding, drought, cold, heat, earthquakes and volcanic ash has the potential to cause adverse impacts on human health along with the impacts on utilities such as electricity and water, and transport. Sharing information effectively between different partners should enable organisations to provide an early warning of potential incidents, offer a specific technical response to a major incident and provide consistent, coherent information to the wider community. The Natural Hazards Partnership aims to bring together expertise across the UK's leading Public Sector Agencies to provide responders with a focal point for hazard information and advice. The Partnership is currently developing ways to work together to provide joint multi hazard services. These include a pilot for a daily Multi-hazard Strategic Assessment sheet, offering responders at a glance, a forward look summary for a range of hazards. We are also creating a Hazard Impact Model. Building resilience in our infrastructure is important to reduce our vulnerability to hazards and threats. This can be achieved, once the hazards and threats are understood, by for example: improving protection; encouraging ability in organisations and their infrastructure networks and systems to absorb shocks and recover; and enabling an effective local and national response to emergencies. I will describe the setting up of the UK Natural Hazards Partnership and discuss the important role as it starts to develop tools to help organisations across many sectors to fulfil their responsibilities in building and maintaining resilient infrastructure."
FilePoster: Yrenda – Toba – Tarijeño Transboundary Aquifer System, South America: groundwater – surface water interaction by Mish Hamid — last modified Apr 17, 2015 09:07
TUJCHNEIDER Ofelia "Faculty of Engineering and Water Sciences, National University of El Litoral, PO Box 217, Santa Fe, Argentina 2National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET)" Marcela PEREZ, Marta PARIS, Mónica D´ELIA (Faculty of Engineering and Water Sciences, National University of El Litoral, PO Box 217, Santa Fe, Argentina) conceptual model, mathematical model, transboundary aquifer, South America This paper presents the results of the activities carried out for the hydrogeological assessment and subsequent mathematical modeling of the groundwater flow in the transboundary aquifer system located beneath the alluvial fan of the Pilcomayo River between Ibibobo and Misión La Paz – Pozo Hondo (Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay, South America). The aquifer system has an area of about 300,000 km2, fact that should be corroborated, since its limits should still be verified. For elaborating the preliminary conceptual groundwater model, the geologic formationsof the Tertiary and Quaternart period were taken into account as the stratigraphic sequence of hydrogeological interest. Jointly with the groundwater table map, available from previous works, the piezometric surface was quantified. Hydraulic gradient, hydraulic parameters, and groundwater velocities and flows were estimated. Using the analyses of both the geologic and hydrodynamic information, the preliminary conceptual groundwater model was defined, and it was possible to corroborate that the aquifer system behaves hydraulically as a multiunit. The construction of the mathematical model required a careful selection of the data because of the scarce basic information available according to the extension of study area and the purposes of the work. The calibration is well-considered because of the normalized root square error obtained (approximately 5%). The groundwater flow was clearly defined and it was also possible to quantify the bidirectional relation between surface water and groundwater. This fact had not been considered so far in earlier studies. Continue working on these bases will be essential to generate the plans for regional development and appropriate legal tools for the utilization and sustainable management. As a result of that, it will be possible to protect biodiversity, prevent desertification, and identify and prevent the effects of the climate change. All of this will be a genuine benefit to the inhabitants of this vast region.
FilePoster: Research for Governance Reforms in International Waters Systems by Mish Hamid — last modified Apr 28, 2015 02:26
Mahon Robin Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES), University of the West Indies Alexcia Cooke, Lucia Fanning and Patrick McConney governance, assessment, scale, regime, architecture effectiveness "Improved governance is a major focus of the GEF International Waters (IW) Program. To achieve this there is the need to see governance as a researchable topic and to develop programs for governance research. There has been considerable recent conceptual development of governance frameworks that are relevant to IW systems, e.g. those of the Earth Systems Governance Project, the Institutional Assessment Framework (Ostrom), the Interactive Governance Approach (Kooiman) and the work of the Resilience Alliance. We now the need to move beyond conceptual frameworks to operational frameworks that can guide assessment of governance and the development of interventions to improve governance. We propose an operational framework that incorporates key characteristics derived from the conceptual frameworks. The proposed operational framework takes actual or potential issues as the basis for governance action; transboundary issues in the case of IW systems. Each issue must have a ‘governance arrangement’ which must have certain common characteristics to be effective. The arrangement must have a complete policy process with mechanisms for uptake of data and information, generation of advice, decision-making, implementation and review. It must also have functionality in three modes: (1) a meta-mode for articulation of principles, visions and goals; (2) an institutional mode that reflects agreed ways of doing things reflected in plans and organisations) and (3) an action mode for day-to-day activities. Similar issues may be covered by similar arrangements, which may be clustered for efficiency and linked for integration as is needed for ecosystem-based management. The entire framework, which encompasses the governance regime or architecture in an IW system, consists of all the arrangements needed to cover the issues and may involve multiple organisations at several geographical and institutional scale levels. This framework provides for addressing the governance regime as a whole and for breaking it into components that can be assessed and for which interventions can be designed. Assessments conducted within the CLME Project illustrate the approach. They have focused on: the national-regional interface; the gaps, overlaps and networking among regional organisations; arrangement architecture and policy processes; and visioning and principles at the level of the whole system."
FilePoster: Applying Environmental Flows through BioMonitoring and Rapid Ecological Assessment by Mish Hamid — last modified Apr 28, 2015 02:41
Matthews Mary UNDP-GEF Kura Aras Project "Reducing Transboundary Degradation in the Kura Ara(k)s River Basin" environmental flows, biomonitoring, rapid ecological assessment, kura river basin, project-to-project learning Applying environmental flows through rapid ecological assessment and biomonitoring in the Kura River Basin The UNDP/GEF Kura-Aras project is executing a demonstration project component focusing on helping the project countries – Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia – to develop guidelines for establishing environmental flows, in view of increasing socio-economic demands for water as well climate change. To date, a four-day Capacity Raising Training has been organized for regional governments, science and NGO representatives, increasing their understanding of the key principles of Rapid Ecological Assessment, Environmental Flows and Bio-monitoring as well as options for their application in the Kura-Aras basin. Field surveys were initiated in the three countries to collect integrated data on the state of the abiotic and biotic riverine wetland zone. The data aim to allow the evaluation of scenarios of both flow change (i.e., change in the volume and timing of water) and non-flow related impacts in terms of: effects on overall downstream river ecosystem condition, including; changes in key biophysical components of the riverine ecosystems; changes in the availability of resources used directly by the people living alongside the river; and possible impacts on the health of people. The project actively benefits from best practices experiences from the Nile river basin, based on shared project-to-project learning as well as GEF IW:LEARN resources. This paper explores the methodology, challenges and lessons learned from developing an applied environmental flows methodology in the South Caucasus. More information can be found at www.kura-aras.org, or obtained from Dr. Mary M. Matthews, CTA/Project Coordinator (mary.matthews@kura-aras.org), Mr. Harald J.L. Leummens, Demonstration Project Coordinator / Science Office (harald.leummens@kura-aras.org), and Eng Ahmed Abou Elseoud, Senior Biomonitoring and Environmental Flow Expert (ahmed.abou.elseoud@kura-aras.org )
FilePoster: Toward A Global Large Marine Ecosystem Sustainability-Science Learning and Knowledge Network: Defining New Partnerships, Creating New Opportunities by Mish Hamid — last modified Apr 28, 2015 02:22
Lawrence Suzanne Oran Young, Peter Fox Independent Consultant, UCSD, RPI, IHDP, ISSC, ICSU Ocean and Coastal Governance, Global LME Knowledge Network, Sustainability Science, "This presentation introduces an alliance driven approach to building a global LME knowledge network. We face a crisis of ocean governance. In part, this is a consequence of lack of knowledge regarding complex and dynamic marine systems. We know less about the deep seabed than we know about the surface of the moon. But the crisis is also a reflection of the inability of all stakeholders to work together effectively to frame critical questions, provide adequate support for efforts to answer these questions, and bring the answers to bear in processes of policymaking. Institutional responses to this crisis are occurring at multiple scales. Prominent among these are the UN Blueprint for Ocean and Coastal Sustainability which calls for the reform of Regional Ocean Management Organizations and expansion in the Global LME Network as well as the World Bank’s new Global Partnership for Oceans which brings science, advocacy, the private sector, and international public institutions together to advance mutually agreed goals for healthy and productive oceans. The Global Scientific Community is also calling for governance reform through initiatives such as the World Council of Science’s Future Earth initiative. International funders such as the Belmont Forum are currently soliciting proposals addressing coastal vulnerability as well as the advancement of knowledge networks through an International Opportunity Fund. Additional responses are emerging in a variety of regional and national settings. The mission of the Future Ocean Alliance is to build a network joining those associated with all these initiatives into an effective community. Applying the principles of sustainability science and drawing on recent advances in informatics, the Alliance seeks to engage producers and consumers of knowledge in an active process of co-producing and implementing an integrated research agenda that advances the priority objectives outlined in the UN Blueprint for Ocean and Coastal Sustainability. Critical to the success of this interactive process is the engagement of policymakers, civil society and the private sector, scientists, administrators, and funders from beginning to end, starting with the framing of key questions, rather than addressing the issue of collaboration only at the stage of applying knowledge to action."
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