An iceberg floats in a fjord near the town of Tasiilaq, Greenland, June 18, 2018. Turning commitments and ideas into the actions needed for a sustainable blue economy will require evidence and data. Our ability to measure and monitor the ocean is expanding exponentially, with the amount of ocean data collected accelerating thanks to the application of emerging technologies. A digitized, data-fuelled version of the ocean – an ‘Ocean Avatar’- will help researchers study and manage the ocean. There is now overwhelming evidence that the future economic and ecological prosperity of the planet depends on a healthy ocean. At the same time, the science is clear that we have pushed our planet, and especially the ocean, to the point where its ability to provide the sustainable resources and value that people need is in danger. Happily, the last year has seen unprecedented commitments from governments, businesses, the United Nations and others to address these problems. The UN has proclaimed 2021-2030 as the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development to ensure that we have the knowledge we need to repair and restore the economic productivity of the ocean. Fourteen countries have joined together in a High Level Panel to […]

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