Eye on Earth Summit 2015 releases The Oceans and Us Report highlighting the critical role healthy oceans in achieving UN SDGs

By Magdalena A K Muir, Advisory Board Member, Climate

At the closing of the Eye on Earth Summit 2015 in Abu Dhabi on October 8, 2015 , leaders of the Eye on Earth Alliance partner organisations reinforced their commitment to helping the global community meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals.Each member of the Alliance committed their resources, influence and expertise to ensure the continued existence of the Eye on Earth community into the long-term future,  to guarantee the free and open access to environmental and societal data,  and to assist and guide the global community in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals,” stated Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, Secretary General of the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi. 

The Eye on Earth Alliance is represented by the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) through the Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and new partners Group on Earth Observations (GEO), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and World Resources Institute (WRI).

Representatives of the Eye on Earth Oceans and Blue Carbon Special Initiative have launched “The Oceans and Us”, a new publication that highlights the critical role healthy oceans play in achieving the recently adopted UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Co-written by the Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI), GRID-Arendal, the UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), The Nature Conservancy, the University of Western Brittany Brest (UBO), and the Marine Ecosystem Services Partnership, the publication outlines the essential nature of conserving and restoring marine and coastal ecosystems, and the related needs for data and policy actions. The analysis showed that the conservation and sustainable use of the ocean and its resources, an SDG in itself, supports an additional nine out of the 17 goals. Capturing the value of marine and coastal ecosystem services—the benefits people obtain from the ocean—is facilitated by strong communication between science and policy-making, ensuring reliable, objective and widely available data is provided to support informed decisions.

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