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Please share any existing or new voluntary commitments undertaken, either individually or in partnership, that you are aware of and that aim to contribute to the implementation of targets 14.7 and 14.b and advance effective actions from local to global levels.

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Irena Zubcevic said:

Dear Permana Yudiarso,Thank you very much for your valuable comments. I could not agree more that the involvement of local communities is of outmost importance. Stakeholders, including local communities, are often not sufficiently involved in the development, designation and management of area-based measures and blue economy development in a transparent, just and equitable manner, although there is a need to take into account traditional and indigenous knowledge. It will be important to apply a human-centred approach in an effort to balance economic development, social needs and environmental protection, while also taking into account cultural aspects. Sustainable management of marine and coastal ecosystems requires the involvement of both public and private stakeholders and the sustained buy-in of coastal communities. Meaningful alternative livelihoods must be made available to local communities, which should be an integral part of national development agendas. Clear legislative and policy frameworks must be in place to foster community organization and to allow for their full participation in the management of marine resources as stewards. It is important to note that areas with strong sociocultural institutions such as customary taboos and marine tenure, and high levels of local engagement in management have been relatively more successful in achieving certain biodiversity outcomes. I would also like to encourage you to register any partnerships or initiatives launched after 25 September 2015 on the Conference website under: https://oceanconference.un.org/commitments/register/

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Irena Zubcevic said:

Dear Lucy,

Thank you very much for sharing this interesting study highlighting the importance of involving the private sector in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and possible benefits of embarking on a more sustainable path. Should you know of any partnerships or initiatives launched after 25 September 2015 I would encourage you to ask them to register on the Conference website under: https://oceanconference.un.org/commitments/register/

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permana yudiarso said:

1. Develop a marine mammals stranding network within East Java, Bali, and Nusa Tenggara with local community leaders, community survailances, and local government agencies

2. Regular underwater clean up activities in Bali with local divers

3. Developing a community-based marine protected area in Nusa Penida Bali

4. Assisting local community on sea turtle nesting site rehabilitation and protection

5. Developing a communication network on marine and coastal management issues within eastjava, Bali, and nusa tenggara 

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Lucy Erickson said:

A recent WWF/ISEAL report SDGs mean business - How credible standards can help companies deliver the 2030 agenda (2017) explores how voluntary commitments to credible certification can contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). One example cited (linked to SDG 14.7) is a recent paper showing that if the MSC certified South African hake fishery were to move back to a non-certified model, this would result in a 37.6 per cent loss of value over five years, and put 5,000-12,000 jobs at risk (Bellchambers et al, 2016).

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Irena Zubcevic said:

Welcome to the online forum on Increasing economic benefits to SIDS and LDCS and providing access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets (SDG14.7 and 14.b) in advance of The Ocean Conference. I’m very pleased to be moderating this discussion and looking forward to hearing from you. In particular, I’m interested in receiving information about existing or new voluntary commitments undertaken, either individually or in partnership, that you are aware of and that aim to contribute to the implementation of targets 14.7 and 14.b and to advance effective actions from local to global levels. This is particularly important as the voluntary commitments will be one of the major outcomes of the Ocean Conference. I look forward to a useful discussion.