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Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN): Northern Europe

This report was created to inspire you to act – act to reach Sustainable Development Goal No. 14: Life Below Water – Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. The report showcases some examples of solutions from Northern Europe to show that a sustainable use of our oceans is possible. Enjoy! 


Our oceans are key to well-being and social and economic development worldwide. At present, as much as 40% of our oceans are heavily affected by human activities. They are polluted, overfished and contaminated with plastics. Now, let us join forces to figure out how to reverse the current in a sustainable direction!

Key facts about oceans

3 is the magic number for oceans:

  • 3 quarters of Earth’s surface is covered by oceans.

  • 3 billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods.

  • 3 billion people depend on the oceans as their primary source of protein, making oceans the world’s largest source of protein.

  • 30% of the CO2 produced by humans is absorbed by oceans, buffering the impacts of global warming.

Oceans are the key driver of global systems that make Earth a comfortable place to live. 

The UN Ocean Conference

The timing of this report is of course no coincidence. Sweden and Fiji are co-host- ing the high-level United Nations Ocean Conference in New York 5 – 9 June 2017, aiming to reverse the decline in the health of our oceans, for the sake of people, the planet, and prosperity. The UN Ocean Conference will be solution-focused with engagement from different stakeholders. This report contributes to the preparation of solutions to save our oceans. 

Together for sustainable solutions
The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Northern Europe is an action-oriented network focusing on mobilizing Nordic scientific and techno- logical expertise to solve problems and create a more sustainable society. The Maritime Cluster of West Sweden is a network for collaboration on innovation- and knowledge-based blue growth for the maritime sector in western Sweden. Together, they joined forces to promote innovative solutions to meet the challenges of our oceans. They did this by creating this report and meeting at the Solution Initiative Forum (SIF) Oceans on May 16, 2017 in Gothenburg, Sweden.

SIF Oceans is an action-oriented event where entrepreneurs, industry, investors, researchers, and decision makers come together to identify and promote solutions to challenges connected to our oceans. At this event, this report was handed over to the Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate and Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lövin, as part of the preparatory work for the UN Ocean Conference. 

Read the report online at: "Oceans Solutions Report"

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Rebecka H. Jorquera and Anna Nordén, Eds.