Global Meeting Identifies Priorities, Recommendations for Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development

Participants identified research priorities for the Decade’s six societal goals at the meeting. The Working Group on ‘A Healthy and Resilient Ocean’ emphasized that a scientific understanding of the future ocean we want needs clear definitions of what is possible and acceptable. Participants said a major goal of the Decade should be to increase knowledge about the deep ocean sufficiently to address how it is responding to climate change and resource extraction. Participants recommended increased observations of ocean biology and ecosystem data to be able to evaluate the seven SDG 14 indicators that do not have sufficient data to monitor progress.

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