Arctic Frontiers Side Event: Food from the Ocean and Ocean Science for Sustainable Development – Bridging the Decades

Start

Wednesday 27 January, 2021

15:00

Finish

Wednesday 27 January, 2021

16:30

Description

The UN Decade of Action on Nutrition 2016-2025 is a commitment by United Nations Member States to undertake 10 years of sustained and coherent implementation of policies, programs and increased investments to eliminate malnutrition in all its forms, everywhere, leaving no one behind. The UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030 has defined six societal objectives: A clean ocean; A healthy and resilient ocean; A predicted ocean; A safe ocean; A sustainably harvested and productive ocean; A transparent and accessible ocean. All these objectives are important to ensure sustainable food production systems from the ocean in the future.

 

The ocean is a pillar of life, as well as an under-recognized provider of nutritious food and livelihoods. One of many important roles of the Arctic is to contribute to sustainable food production from land and sea. Increased global availability and consumption of aquatic food may prevent hidden hunger, malnutrition and help combat non-communicable diseases. The potential of an increased seafood harvest may include lower trophic level, aquaculture, new marine resources to enhance the marine biomass in fish feed, etc. https://www.oceanpanel.org/blue-papers.Thus, it is timely to start a discussion on how to increase the marine food production, including from the Arctic, at the same time as we preserve the integrity of the marine ecosystem.

 

Future sustainable food production systems include feed and food from land and sea https://www.un.org/en/food-systems-summit and we also need to establish commonly accepted methods to assess the total footprint of the various products from the ocean. In order to achieve this, we need to strengthen the link between policy, science and business.

 

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