An evolution towards scientific consensus for a sustainable ocean future

The ocean has recently taken centre stage in the global geopolitical landscape. Despite rising challenges to the effectiveness of multilateralism, attention to ocean issues appears as an opportunity to co-create pathways to ocean sustainability at multiple levels. The ocean science community, however, is not sufficiently well organised to advance these pathways and provide policy input. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services demonstrate how knowledge consensus and integration have been instrumental in charting global pathways and eliciting commitments to address, respectively, climate change and biodiversity loss. An equally impactful global platform with a thematic focus on ocean sustainability is needed. Here we introduce the International Panel for Ocean Sustainability (IPOS) as a coordinating mechanism to integrate knowledge systems to forge a bridge across ocean science-policy divides collectively. The IPOS will enrich the global policy debate in the Ocean Decade and support a shift toward ocean sustainability.


Climate sciences, Ecology, Environmental sciences, Environmental social sciences, Environmental studies, Ocean sciences, Scientific community, Social sciences, Systems biology

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Gaill Françoise, Brodie Rudolph Tanya, Lebleu Lara, Allemand Denis, Blasiak Robert, Cheung William W. L., Claudet Joachim, Gerhardinger Leopoldo Cavaleri, Le Bris Nadine, Levin Lisa, Pörtner Hans- Otto, Visbeck Martin, Zivian Anna, Bahurel Pierre, Bopp Laurent, Bowler Chris, Chlous Frédérique, Cury Philippe, Gascuel Didier, Goyet Sylvie, Hilmi Nathalie, Ménard Frédéric, Micheli Fiorenza, Mullineaux Lauren, Parmentier Rémi, Sicre Marie-Alexandrine, Speich Sabrina, Thébaud Olivier, Thiele Torsten, Bowler Martha, Charvis Philippe, Cuvelier Raphael, Houllier Francois, Palazot Sarah, Staub Francis, Poivre D’arvor Olivier (2022). An evolution towards scientific consensus for a sustainable ocean future. npj Ocean Sustainability. 1 (1). 7 (7p.).,

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