Towards greater transparency and coherence in funding for sustainable marine fisheries and healthy oceans

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December 13, 2019 - 1:07pm
Type: Journal Article
Year of publication: In Press
Authors: Robert Blasiak, Colette Wabnitz, Tim Daw, Michael Berger, Abigayil Blandon, Gonçalo Carneiro, Beatrice Crona, Mary Davidson, Solène Guggisberg, Jeremy Hills, Felix Mallin, Edmund McManus, Karim ould-Chih, Jeremy Pittman, Xose Santos, Lena Westlund, Hanna Wetterstrand, Kai Wiegler
Journal title: Marine Policy
Pages: 103508
ISSN: 0308597X

This final manuscript in the special issue on “Funding for ocean conservation and sustainable fisheries” is the result of a dialogue aimed at connecting lead authors of the special issue manuscripts with relevant policymakers and practitioners. The dialogue took place over the course of a two-day workshop in December 2018, and this “coda” manuscript seeks to distil thinking around a series of key recurring topics raised throughout the workshop. These topics are collected into three broad categories, or “needs”: 1) a need for transparency, 2) a need for coherence, and 3) a need for improved monitoring of project impacts. While the special issue sought to collect new research into the latest trends and developments in the rapidly evolving world of funding for ocean conservation and sustainable fisheries, the insights collected during the workshop have helped to highlight remaining knowledge gaps. Therefore, each of the three “needs” identified within this manuscript is followed by a series of questions that the workshop participants identified as warranting further attention as part of a future research agenda. The crosscutting nature of many of the issues raised as well as the rapid pace of change that characterizes this funding landscape both pointed to a broader need for continued dialogue and study that reaches across the communities of research, policy and practice.

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