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A better understanding of marine





informed policy choices for sustainable

development. It is therefore critically





undertaken in ways that support their

integration into SDG policy-making. Their

co-construction through a partnership

between stakeholders, policy-makers,

the public and technical experts is likely to

support SDG delivery. 

Development policy making capturing

the benefits provided by a healthy ocean

can build on existing global initiatives

and experiences, as well as conventional

national policy frameworks and planning

processes. This will require a shift

in paradigm: to one that recognises

conservation as a contribution towards

sustainable development, rather than

an obstacle to it. The understanding of

natural ecosystems as an asset brings

with it the opportunity of protecting and

investing into it.

There is a growing recognition among

world and local leaders that ecosystems

are indeed our shared factory. Marine and

coastal ecosystems are being counted on

to produce many of the essential goods

and services that help us achieve the

SDGs. Only with reliable, objective and

widely available data can we harness

this powerful, sustainable and global

natural factory to achieve the Sustainable

Development Goals we have set for the

people of this planet.

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