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MEL (Monitoring, evaluation and learning) Handbook for SDG 14 - Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

20 Jun 2019 - This IIED handbook focuses on how a range of actors in a variety of contexts can use MEL (Monitoring, evaluation and learning) to understand which SDG 14 targets and initiati

20 Jun 2019 - This IIED handbook focuses on how a range of actors in a variety of contexts can use MEL (Monitoring, evaluation and learning) to understand which SDG 14 targets and initiatives are working, which are not, why, for whom and how. Ultimately, it advocates for widespread learning on how to accelerate progress towards the transformations needed for success in conserving and using the oceans, seas and marine resources in a sustainable way.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are one of the leading initiatives for addressing the critical, complex and often inter-related issues of our world. SDG 14 — Life below water — focuses on our oceans, estuaries, rivers and watersheds, and the human systems that intersect with them. Unfortunately, it has struggled to gain attention and support on an international scale.

Due to the interconnected nature of SDG 14, IIED has developed this handbook to help readers identify and develop appropriate monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) mechanisms for their SDG 14 interventions. The formal reporting process for the SDGs requires follow-up and review against defined SDG 14 targets and indicators. The 2030 Agenda also requires national governments and custodian agencies to follow up and review progress by tracking and reporting on recognised and approved targets and indicators.

This handbook is designed to complement that process. This handbook recognises that governments and agencies will need to adopt detailed and linked MEL practices to ensure regular result tracking for SDG 14 and the widespread dissemination of lessons learnt at local, national, regional and global levels. By encouraging a more detailed MEL approach for SDG 14 initiatives, the handbook promotes improved reporting on results and progress towards SDG 14 targets and the 2030 Agenda more broadly.

The handbook focuses on how a range of actors in a variety of contexts can use MEL to understand which SDG 14 targets and initiatives are working, which are not, why, for whom and how. Ultimately, it advocates for widespread learning on how to accelerate progress towards the transformations needed for success in conserving and using our oceans, seas and marine resources in a sustainable way.

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FAO Report Analyzes Options for SDG Indicator on Fisheries’ Contribution to GDP

15 Feb 2019 - The paper aims to develop an improved methodology to understand the contribution of aquaculture and fisheries to GDP.

  • The paper reflects on the percentage of GDP as a policy target within the 2030 Agenda.
  • The paper calls for continued efforts to advance methodologies to measure SDG indicator 14.7.1, including studies on how to adapt measures to different data environments.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a technical paper that aims to support improved understanding and measurement of aquaculture and fisheries’ contribution to gross domestic product (GDP). SDG 14 (life below water) includes an indicator that intends to measure the value of sustainable fisheries.

SDG indicator 14.7.1 focuses on sustainable fisheries as a percentage of GDP in small island developing States (SIDS), Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and all countries. The UN Inter-Agency and Expert Group on the SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) has classified indicator 14.7.1 as a Tier III indicator, meaning that it requires methodological development. The FAO publication therefore aims to contribute to improving the methodology for understanding and measuring indicator 14.7.1.

The publication titled, ‘Understanding and Measuring the Contribution of Aquaculture and Fisheries to GDP,’ explains that there is a general lack of consensus on how to measure an industry’s or sector’s contribution to GDP, including on how to measure the contribution of aquaculture and fisheries to GDP. One of the challenges in measuring the sector’s contribution to GDP is measuring both the demand and supply-side factors.

CONTINUE READING ONLINE HERE: http://sdg.iisd.org/news/fao-report-analyzes-options-for-sdg-indicator-on-fisheries-contribution-to-gdp/ 

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