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Solution Initiative Solutions (SIF) Oceans - a forum for highlighting smart and sustainable marine solutions
by SDSN Northern Europe (Scientific community)
We arrange Solution Initiative Forums as meeting points for entrepreneurs, investors, businesses, civil society, policy makers and academia to identify and promote sustainable solutions. SIF Oceans was arranged in May 2017 in Gothenburg, Sweden as an action-oriented event where entrepreneurs, industry, investors, researchers, and decision makers come together to identify and promote solutions to challenges connected to our oceans. A report was launched, focussing on some innovative and available solutions from Northern Europe within four ocean-related challenges.

All the solutions comprised in this report have gone through a self-evaluation of their impact in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a so-called SDG Impact Assessment. The Advisory Panel took part in the review of submissions and gave feedback to the solution owners regarding their replies in the self-evaluation. The focus has been on the learning process of going through an SDG Impact Assessment, especially to learn to reflect holistically about potential effects of the solutions on the SDGs.

The Oceans Solutions Report was handed over to the Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate and Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lvin, as part of the preparatory work for the UN Ocean Conference. Read more: https://www.unsdsn-ne.org/news/2017/05/16/launch-of-the-oceans-solutions-report-at-sif-oceans/. https://www.unsdsn-ne.org/news/2017/05/15/now-its-all-about-our-oceans-starting-tomorrow-16-may-with-sif-oceans/.
Progress reports
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
  • Other (please specify): recycling of phosphorous and nitrogen from wastewater
  • Coastal clean-ups
  • Plastics recovery/recycling/reuse
  • Other (please specify): reducing greenhous emissions from shipping
OTHER POLLUTANTS (please specify)
  • Cleaner production
Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels
Type of commitment
  • CO2 emission reductions (energy efficiency, renewable energy, etc.)
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
Type of commitment
  • Reduction and elimination fishing practices and gear that destroy/degrade marine habitat
June 2017
Inspire to act! The Oceans Solutions Report will be showcased during the UN Ocean conference in New York.
May 2017
The Oceans Solutions Report was launched and handed over to the Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate and Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lvin
In-kind contribution
Scientific expertise involved in evaluation processes, scientific input and manuscript
Staff / Technical expertise
SDSN Northern Europe secretariat coordination of event and report
Basic information
Time-frame: November/2016 - December/2017
Maritime Cluster of West Sweden (Partnership)
Ocean Basins
  • Arctic Ocean
  • North Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Anna Nordn, Project Manager, anna.norden@chalmers.se, +46731428299
Gothenburg, Sweden
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