The Sustainable Oceans Lab is founded on the firm belief that no single entity can address a challenge of this magnitude.
We believe that governments, civil society organizations and businesses from across the world need to work together on overcoming fragmented responses.
Accordingly we have assembled a diverse “Lab Team” that will be working together over 2015-2016. The Lab Team consists of teams from organizations who have successfully catalyzed cross sectoral strategies in their own geographies.
The Lab will support this team to strengthen their own work as a contribution to the Aichi Targets and the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as considering new, emergent strategies.
We invite the wider ocean community to work closely with the Lab in order to address the challenge of ensuring the sustainable management of our ocean ecosystems.
BENGUELA CURRENT COMMISSION
The Benguela Current Commission (BCC) is a regional intergovernmental partnership established in March 2013 by the Republics of Angola, Namibia and South Africa to promote a coordinated approach to the long-term conservation, protection, rehabilitation, enhancement and sustainable use of the Benguela Current Large Marine Ecoregion, in order to provide economic, environmental and social benefits.
FIJI LOCALLY MANAGED MARINE PROTECTED AREA NETWORK (F-LMMA)
The Network’s approach recognizeslocal communities’ autonomy in managing their marine resources, while simultaneously providing a network of support and guidance to help them achieve the best possible results. The Network is responsible for planning and facilitating the programme, while the decision making, implementation and evaluation are undertaken on the ground by the individual groups.
THE KANAN KAY ALLIANCE
The Kanan Kay Alliance seeks to establish an effective network of fish refuges that protect 20% of the territorial waters of Quintana Roo, Mexico by 2015. With the ultimate goal of securing the project’s success, the Alliance has been designed to establish refuges in a gradual manner. Since 2010, seven fishery cooperatives have joined the Alliance.
PHOENIX ISLANDS PROTECTED AREA (PIPA)
The Phoenix Islands Protected Area is the world’s first large, truly deep water MPA and represents one of Earth’s last intact oceanic coral archipelago ecosys tems. PIPA was inscribed on the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites in 2010 for its “pristine nature and importance as a migration route and reservoir.” At the same time the PIPA initiative is a unique partnership between the Government of Kiribati, non-governmental conservation organizations, and regional governments.
The initiative is committed to the protection of the Phoenix Islands and their surrounding waters.
SARGASSO SEA COMMISSION
The Sargasso Sea Commission was established pursuant to the Hamilton Declaration on Collaboration for the Conservation of the Sargasso Sea, signed on 11 March 2014, by the governments of the Azores, Bermuda, Monaco, UK and US. The Commission will “encourage and facilitate voluntary collaboration toward the conservation of the Sargasso Sea.”
Beyond these multi-stakeholder initiatives on the oceans, other key individual organizations are represented on the Lab, among them World Ocean Council, Abidjan Convention Secretariat (Côte d‘Ivoire), Future of Fish (USA), Shell (Netherlands), Norpac Fisheries Export (Hawaii), Sanford (New Zealand).