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Coastal areas are at risk as rising populations and growing urbanization prompt significant losses and damages to coastal habitats, impacting coastal and climate resilience. A new paper by the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy explores four opportunities to ensure sustainable and resilient coastal zones.

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Capital of all types must go toward building ocean resilience and minimizing ocean risks, yet investment into the ocean economy is drastically low. Transforming economic models and market systems is a critical step in slowing the decline in ocean health, stopping biodiversity loss and realizing the full economic potential of the ocean.

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Blue Paper authors and other stakeholders discuss how to ensure that a plurality of ‘ocean values’ are represented in processes of planning and implementing a sustainable ocean economy.

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Despite the name, organized crime in fisheries is not only about fishing. It occurs globally throughout the entire fisheries value chain, and its harmful effects take a massive toll on human populations worldwide. Effectively tackling organized crime in fisheries will help foster a sustainable ocean economy which, in turn, will benefit communities reliant on the ocean and its resources.

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New analysis commissioned by the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy shows that every $1 invested in sustainable ocean solutions yields at least $5 in return. A sustainable ocean economy can help the world build back better in the wake of COVID-19, improve ocean health and benefit the more than 3 billion people who rely on the ocean.

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The ocean is often thought of as a victim, but building a sustainable ocean economy could allow for the ocean to become a solution. The High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy, which involves 14 world leaders, is working to achieve this new vision for the ocean.

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Leading experts discuss how ocean-based renewable energy could play a central role in the rapid decarbonisation of the energy system and which actions will enable this to be done without damaging deep ocean habitats or realising a sustainable ocean economy.

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