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The Geoversiv Commitment to Ocean Stewardship: Living Future Strategies for Ocean Neutrality
by The Geoversiv Foundation (Civil society organization)
The Geoversiv Commitment to Ocean Stewardship is intended as both an institutional action agenda and a process of exploration and discovery, generating roadmaps for others to follow. It operates through five areas of action:

1. Information support
2. Stakeholder participation
3. Technical capacity
4. Catalytic convening
5. Institutional practice

The Geoversiv view that Earth systems are integrated and enmeshed, and that ocean health relates to practices on land, requires that this commitment include considerations of how agricultural, industrial, and waste-management practices affect life below water, and also major climate-regulating fluid dynamics.

We will integrate into our technical work relating to climate dynamics, ocean acidification and thermal uptake, and long-term living future planning, not only the warm and temperate ocean regions, but also the polar regions.

Our effort to mobilize in the 5 action areas listed above leads to 4 time-based deliverables:

1. Create a participatory ocean policy-making and resource-sharing community, within our ACCESS to GOOD platform.
2. Establish science-based multidisciplinary definitions of Ocean Footprint, Ocean Neutrality, Ocean-specific and Non-Ocean Drivers of ocean resilience.
3. Convene multilevel, multistakeholder ocean dialogues—at least one per year—to catalyze stronger ocean stewardship policies and initiatives.
4. Establish internal operational ocean neutrality, as defined by deliverable #2, above.

In service of the work others might do to implement, or further explore, elements of this Commitment to Ocean Stewardship, Geoversiv will develop Living Future Strategies, of differing levels of complexity, to provide an actionable roadmap.

Key components of that roadmap, which require research, discovery, definition, and adaptive activation to circumstance, include:

- Definition of Ocean Footprint
- Definition of Ocean Neutrality
- Ocean-specific drivers
- Non-ocean drivers (emissions, soil carbon)
- Pathways to Ocean Neutrality
- Generative Ocean Investment Strategies

Timeline of Action

- June - September 2017: Between the UN Ocean Conference and the UN General Assembly, the Geoversiv Foundation will lay out concrete institutional actions and new programming to serve each of the five component action areas of this commitment.

- September 2017: Actions and programming toward Information Support and Stakeholder Participation will be announced and shared during the Climate Chance Summit of Non-State Climate Actors, in Agadir, Morocco.

- November 2017: At the COP23 UN climate negotiations, the Geoversiv Foundation will join with partners in the ACCESS to GOOD platform access2good.info to offer partnership opportunities to other institutions to cooperate in the implementation of all five components of the Geoversiv Commitment to Ocean Stewardship.

- In 2018, the Geoversiv Foundation will begin to outline Living Future Strategies to build operational ocean neutrality into institutional, commercial, and policy planning at all levels.

- In 2018, as part of the development of the Peace Synapse global graph of climate, peace and security knowledge relationships, we will include ocean resilience and stewardship considerations in our analysis.

- Each year, we will convene at least one multilevel multistakeholder dialogue on innovative approaches to ocean stewardship.

- This commitment will be built into the operations and programming of the Geoversiv Foundation, and will continue to track progress on related Sustainable Development Goals without a predetermined end-date.
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
  • Fertilizer use efficiency
  • Plastics product bans or restrictions
  • Plastics recovery/recycling/reuse
  • Management of ship-based pollution and/or port waste management
OTHER POLLUTANTS (please specify)
  • Cleaner production
  • Both through process of development of definitions for Ocean Footprint and Ocean Neutrality, and through our internal commitment to operational ocean neutrality.
Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels
Type of commitment
  • Terrestrial carbon sinks
  • CO2 emission reductions (energy efficiency, renewable energy, etc.)
  • Scientific research and cooperation to address ocean acidification knowledge gaps
  • Operational ocean neutrality, roadmaps, our Living Future Strategies project, and information-sharing through ACCESS to GOOD.
By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
Type of commitment
  • Other : Insight into macrocritical economic benefits of building ocean neutral economies.
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Scientific, socioeconomic and interdisciplinary research
  • Research capacity development
  • Data access and sharing
  • Scientific cooperation
  • Actions that support SIDS and LDCs
December 2020
Establish internal operational ocean neutrality, as defined by deliverable #2, above.
January 2018
Creation of global participatory ocean policy-making and resource-sharing community, within our ACCESS to GOOD platform.
January 2019
Establish science-based multidisciplinary definitions of Ocean Footprint, Ocean Neutrality, Ocean-specific and Non-Ocean Drivers of ocean resilience.
September 2017
Convene at least one multilevel, multistakeholder ocean dialogue per year to catalyze stronger ocean stewardship policies and initiatives.
In-kind contribution
ACCESS to GOOD platform - an always-active, curated online convening space for information sharing, document annotation, and participatory policy-making.
Staff / Technical expertise
Coordinating among partners and gathering best available research to achieve science-based multidisciplinary definitions and roadmaps.
Staff / Technical expertise
Coordinating for convening of multilevel multistakeholder dialogues to catalyze stronger ocean stewardship.
In-kind contribution
Use of Geoversiv Foundation internal planning, budget, and operations, to move toward, achieve, and share information about operational ocean neutrality.
Basic information
Time-frame: June 2017 - December 2030
The Geoversiv Foundation
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Policy-makers, business leaders, reporters and researchers, stakeholders, ocean ecosystems, Earth's climate.
Contact information
Joseph Robertson, Founder and President, jr@geoversiv.net, +19179604137
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America
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