The Role of Stakeholders in Creating Societal Value From Coastal and Ocean Observations

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Type: Journal Article
Year of publication: 2019
Date published: 05/2019
Authors: Bev Mackenzie, Louis Celliers, Luiz Assad, Johanna Heymans, Nicholas Rome, Julie Thomas, Clarissa Anderson, James Behrens, Mark Calverley, Kruti Desai, Paul DiGiacomo, Samy Djavidnia, Francisco Santos, Dina Eparkhina, José Ferrari, Caitriona Hanly, Bob Houtman, Gus Jeans, Luiz Landau, Kate Larkin, David Legler, Pierre-Yves Le Traon, Eric Lindstrom, David Loosley, Glenn Nolan, George Petihakis, Julio Pellegrini, Zoe Roberts, John Siddorn, Emily Smail, Isabel Sousa-Pinto, Eric Terrill
Journal title: Frontiers in Marine Science
Volume: 6

The importance of stakeholder engagement in ocean observation and in particular the realization of economic and societal benefits is discussed, introducing a number of overarching principles such as the convergence on common goals, effective communication, co-production of information and knowledge and the need for innovation. A series of case studies examine the role of coordinating frameworks such as the United States’ Interagency Ocean Observing System (IOOS®), and the European Ocean Observing System (EOOS), public–private partnerships such as Project Azul and the Coastal Data Information Program (CDIP) and finally the role of the “third” or voluntary sector. The paper explores the value that stakeholder engagement can bring as well as making recommendations for the future.

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