Evolving and Sustaining Ocean Best Practices to enable Interoperability in the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.
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Buttigieg, Pier Luigi
Munoz Mas, Cristian
van Stavel, Jordan
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The UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (Ocean Decade) challenges marine science to better inform and stimulate social and economic development while conserving marine ecosystems. To achieve these objectives, we must make our diverse methodologies more comparable and interoperable, expanding global participation and foster capacity development in ocean science through a new and coherent approach to best practice development. We present perspectives on this issue gleaned from the ongoing development of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) Ocean Best Practices System (OBPS). The OBPS is collaborating with individuals and programs around the world to transform the way ocean methodologies are managed, in strong alignment with the outcomes envisioned for the Ocean Decade. However, significant challenges remain, including: (1) the haphazard management of methodologies across their lifecycle, (2) the ambiguous endorsement of what is “best” and when an.....
JournalFrontiers in Marine Science
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)14.A
Best Practice TypeManual (incl. handbook, guide, cookbook etc)
CitationPearlman, J., Buttigieg, P.L., Bushnell, M., Delgado, C., Hermes, J. et al (2021) Evolving and Sustaining Ocean Best Practices to enable Interoperability in the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. Frontiers in Marine Science, 8:619685, 7pp. DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2021.619685
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