How to build an equitable ocean economy

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Sustainability and equity are two sides of the same coin. Equity is a prerequisite for a sustainable ocean economy, where humanity safeguards marine and coastal ecosystems, sustainably uses ocean resources, and ensures equitable distribution of benefits — especially for the more than 3 billion people who depend on marine resources for their livelihoods.

Questions on how to achieve this kind of sustainable and equitable “blue economy” have emerged across ocean industries. Here, we offer a deep dive on what equity looks like in the ocean sector.

What are the challenges to creating an equitable ocean economy?

Ocean equity addresses fairness in how people are treated in ocean industries and how policies regulating the use of the ocean are developed and implemented.

The first issue is the distribution of ocean benefits. Read more…