Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) will contribute to the implementation of SDG14 through delivery of its science plan. PML (www.pml.ac.uk) is an independent and impartial scientific research institute globally recognised for undertaking cutting-edge research in the marine environment to address societal challenges of relevance worldwide. Outputs and outcomes from its research are used to inform, for example, policy development, and management of the ocean. PML is also engaged in public understanding of science, capacity building and assistance in developing countries, and the application of science.
PMLs scientific priorities contribute knowledge and understanding towards the achievement of targets under SDG14 as follows:
- Living with global change: investigating uncertainties and long-term consequences of global environmental change on ecosystem structure, function and services (Targets 14.2, 14.3, 14.5, 14.A).
- Strengthening marine observations: using in situ and remote sensing platforms to continue long-term observations in coastal, shelf seas and the global ocean (Targets 14.1, 14.2, 14.3, 14.4, 14.5, 14.A).
- Facing the challenge of new pollutants: exploring the consequences of human impacts on a range of pollutants from CO2 to microplastics (Targets 14.1, 14.2, 14.3, 14.5, 14.A).
All of our research projects, delivered with a multitude of partners and stakeholders, map onto our scientific priorities. Several UK funded initiatives in the Western Indian Ocean and South East Asia, which are newly started or imminent projects, illustrate our commitment to SDG14 and will demonstrate the impact of our research globally.
1. Build socio-ecological resilience to coral reef degradation in the islands of the Western Indian Ocean - We will focus on creating a network of expert stakeholders from the UK, Mauritius, Zanzibar and other islands in the WIO to scope opportunities for using Ecosystem Services related research to define and refine strategies and priorities for building socio-ecological resilience to long-term change in coral reefs.
2. Empower community-based management of mangrove fisheries and implement Earth and sea observation applications for Malaysia - For the sustainable use of regional fisheries this project will apply the nexus approach to improve management of mangrove fishery resources in Malaysia with the aim of strengthening the livelihoods of fishery dependent communities and effective fishery resource management.
3. Ocean research for developing economies, in particular addressing challenges of coastal community - Development of improved environmental information to inform risk assessment, adaptive spatial management and mitigation strategies to provide partner countries with an improved capability for integrated and sustainable management of marine activities.
4. Build capacity for integrated planning through sustainable interactions with marine ecosystems for the health, wellbeing, food and livelihoods of coastal communities - We will develop interdisciplinary research capability and lasting collaborations that: facilitate innovative application of integrated planning in the marine environment within the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme and other marine parks and their communities in South East Asia, and respond to the SDGs of no poverty, zero hunger and good health and well-being for coastal communities through the sustainable use of marine resources.
Build socio-ecological resilience to coral reef degradation in the islands of the Western Indian Ocean
Empower community-based management of mangrove fisheries and implement Earth and sea observation applications for Malaysia
Ocean research for developing economies, in particular addressing challenges of coastal community
Build capacity for integrated planning through sustainable interactions with marine ecosystems for the health, wellbeing, food and livelihoods of coastal communities