Oceans and Coasts


Humanity depends on the ocean for its survival. Yet our oceans and coasts are under severe threat from human activities: overfishing and destructive fishing practices, habitat destruction, pollution, climate change and ocean acidification.

The World Future Council recognizes that without urgent political action managing these activities, future generations may not benefit from vital ecosystem services such as food security or storm protection derived from marine environments.

Future Policy Award 2012 on Oceans and Coasts

In 2012 the World Future Council’s Future Policy Award celebrated exemplary policies for Oceans and Coasts. We have requested nominations from international organisations and leading ocean experts and announced the winning policies at the United Nations Headquarters in September 2012.

The winners of the 2012 Future Policy Award were presented the Awards at a ceremony in Hyderabad on 16 October, during the 11th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, which was attended by invited high-level representatives from government, business, international organisations, civil society and the media. A brochure about the Award and the winners was produced and presented at the ceremony.

For a detailed analysis of the winning policies, including key elements for effective and long-term sustainable solutions for oceans and coasts as well as recommendations to policy-makers, please visit our online toolkit here and download our new Oceans Survey.

Regional Forum on Oceans and Coasts in the Philippines, May 2014

Over 100 practitioners and policy-makers from 17 countries in the Asia-Pacific region gathered in Cebu to exchange experiences and share their knowledge in marine and coastal management and governance. The WFC, together with the Blue Solutions Initiative and supported by the Lighthouse Foundation, convened the Regional Forum on Solutions for Oceans, Coasts and Human Well-Being on the 27-30 May 2014 on Mactan Island, Cebu, Philippines. The Forum was hosted by the Biodiversity Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources of the Philippines. Theresa Mundita S. Lim, Director of the Philippine Biodiversity Management Bureau described the Forum as: “An excellent opportunity to innovate and learn best practices that will guide us towards a healthier, more sustainable, and better-protected coastal and marine ecosystem.” Solutions on topics as local marine area management and governance, ecosystem approaches to marine and fisheries management and ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction strategies were presented and discussed. Two of the FPA 2012 winning policies were also featured. On the last day, the participants took the opportunity to experience a solution to marine and coastal management in practice by a field trip to the Olango Island and Hilutungan Island Marine Sanctuaries..

You can find the agenda and presentations here. To read the final report of the Regional Forum, please click here

The publication "Blue Solutions from Asia and the Pacific" features success stories that were presented at the regional forum in Cebu in May 2014.

Bottom Trawling: A case study of Future Injustice

The Future Justice team has highlighted bottom-trawling, one of the most destructive forms of fishing practices as a case of Future Injustice as it damages the seabed, results in high levels of by-catch and devastates local fisheries and the livelihoods of the local fisher communities. Please see here for more information on bottom-trawling and its impacts.

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