Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland

Research Projects

The Role of the Ocean: Driving the Transition to a Resilient and Inclusive Future

Scottish Universities Insight Institute-funded programme looking into developing an integrated understanding of the role of the ocean, its resources and socio-economic benefits, informing decision-making that addresses the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at multiple governance levels.

Scotland is a global leader in ambitious policy for societal change and implementation of the SDGs, notably through the National Performance Framework (NPF), the ‘Just Transition’ and the ‘Wellbeing Economy’.

This programme will facilitate interaction between diverse policy and science stakeholders for these policy agendas in Scotland and running throughout 2021.

For more information about the team and its aims please head to the programme’s SUII page.

New workshop on 15th JuneMobilising the science community in progressing towards a sustainable and inclusive ocean economy

You can see the programme outline and register at The Role of the Ocean Tickets, Tue 15 Jun 2021 at 09:15 | Eventbrite

There are limited spaces, so please don’t delay on registering if you would like to attend.

The report of Event 1 is now published and presents a synthesis of the virtual events held on the 27th and 28th January 2021, on policy coherence in Scotland. Through the themes of ‘Climate’ (Day 1) and ‘Seafood’ (Day 2), we identified connections between marine policy and a breadth of policy themes, including the just transition, the circular economy and the green recovery, along with key actions and opportunities to promote synergies and manage trade-offs.

The workshops included talks from Professor Martin Visbeck (GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research) and Dr Jake Rice ( Chief Scientist Emeritus, Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada – Seafood and Society).

Workshop 1 had focused on understanding the ocean climate nexus and discussions on what action should be undertaken to promote coherence in Scotland.

Workshop 2 looked at Seafood and Sustainable Development Goals, and how to improve policy coherence, to promote synergies and manage trade-offs in sustainable seafood production and consumption.

Read the report here

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This team and a broad collection of Scottish ocean policymakers and researchers are focussing on the themes of Climate Change and Seafood will lead to the identification of connections to a wide range of SDGs and policy areas, including energy, production and consumption, natural capital, resource use and the circular economy, supply chain transparency, employment and nutritional health.


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