Robert Blasiak (Stockholm Resilience Centre), Colette Wabnitz (UBC) and Solène Guggisberg (Utrecht University) are all co-authors on a publication in the Marine Policy special issue on Ocean Finance, guest-edited by Robert and Colette. Their paper is the result of a two-day workshop that occurred at the Stockholm Resilience Centre in December 2018 that aimed to identify drivers of the decisions to allocate funding for sustainable marine fisheries and oceans, and also discuss how to improve transparency of those financial resources from donor groups and organizations. The full abstract can be read below, with a link to the paper in the reference.

Abstract: This final manuscript in the special issue on “Funding for ocean conservation and sustainable fisheries” is the result of a dialogue aimed at connecting lead authors of the special issue manuscripts with relevant policymakers and practitioners. The dialogue took place over the course of a two-day workshop in December 2018, and this “coda” manuscript seeks to distill thinking around a series of key recurring topics raised throughout the workshop. These topics are collected into three broad categories, or “needs”: 1) a need for transparency, 2) a need for coherence, and 3) a need for improved monitoring of project impacts. While the special issue sought to collect new research into the latest trends and developments in the rapidly evolving world of funding for ocean conservation and sustainable fisheries, the insights collected during the workshop have helped to highlight remaining knowledge gaps. Therefore, each of the three “needs” identified within this manuscript is followed by a series of questions that the workshop participants identified as warranting further attention as part of a future research agenda. The crosscutting nature of many of the issues raised as well as the rapid pace of change that characterizes this funding landscape both pointed to a broader need for continued dialogue and study that reaches across the communities of research, policy and practice.


Blasiak, R., Wabnitz, C., Daw, T., Berger, M., Blandon, A., Carneiro, G., Crona, B., Davidson, M.F., Guggisberg, S., Hills, J., Mallin, F., McManus, E., ould-Chih, K., Pittman, J., Santos, X., Westlund, L., Wetterstrand, H., & Wiegler, K. (2019). Towards greater transparency and coherence in funding for sustainable marine fisheries and healthy oceans. Marine Policy, 107, 103508  link

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