Wednesday, 16 October 2013

World Bank Blue Ribbon Panel Report released

16th October 2013

The World Bank Blue Ribbon Panel report has just been released. A downloadable version of the report can be found here.

Beginning in 2012, the global ocean community was asked to nominate and vote on ocean leaders from a range of different spheres: government, industry, NGOs, and science. From these nominations, 21 were elected to serve on the Panel. Over the past 6 months, the panel met in the US, Africa, and Asia, in attempt to reflect the diversity of the panel and the global nature of our shared ocean challenges. The US National Academy of Sciences facilitated discussions and assisted in the composition of the report itself, while panelists provided the content.

The Blue Ribbon Panel report was just issued a few minutes ago and can be found here:

https://globalpartnershipforoceans.org/sites/default/files/images/Indispensable_Ocean.pdf

The Blue Ribbon Panel is a group of leaders from 16 countries, representing government, the private sector, civil society organizations, academia, and multi-lateral institutions. The Panel convened by the World Bank and tasked with providing recommendations to the Global Partnership for Oceans on principles and practices for prioritizing and implementing sustainable ocean investment. For more information on the Blue Ribbon Panel, please visit: http://www.globalpartnershipforoceans.org/blue-ribbon-panel.

It is hoped that the GPO will contribute to restoring ocean health. It is felt it by those involved that it has the potential to mobilize finance and knowledge to find solutions at an unprecedented scale. The GPO is a growing alliance of over 140 governments, international organizations, civil society groups, and private sector interests committed to addressing the threats to the health, productivity and resilience of the ocean. It aims to tackle widely documented problems of overfishing, pollution, and habitat loss.