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.
Updates to voluntary commitment
Establish internal operational ocean neutrality, as defined by deliverable #2, above.
Creation of global participatory ocean policy-making and resource-sharing community, within our ACCESS to GOOD platform.
Establish science-based multidisciplinary definitions of Ocean Footprint, Ocean Neutrality, Ocean-specific and Non-Ocean Drivers of ocean resilience.
Convene at least one multilevel, multistakeholder ocean dialogue per year to catalyze stronger ocean stewardship policies and initiatives.
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.
Use of Geoversiv Foundation internal planning, budget, and operations, to move toward, achieve, and share information about operational ocean neutrality.