Defying Ocean���s End

Defying Ocean�s End was inspired by an urgent need � to address the sharp decline in ocean wildlife, the disturbing increase in ocean pollution and the neglect of policies and resources to solve these problems.

In May/June 2003 an invited team of international ocean scientists, economists, lawyers and conservationists � and representatives from governments, corporations and the media � gathered in Los Cabos, Mexico to build a global action plan for ocean conservation. A business team assisted the experts in identifying near-term priorities and costs.

This book is the result. It focuses on the seven key fields of action identified at that meeting:

  • Ocean-use planning and marine protected areas
  • Economic incentives and disincentives
  • Land-ocean interface
  • Maintaining and restoring functional marine ecosystems
  • Communications
  • Ocean governance
  • Unknown ocean

Since the Defying Ocean�s End Conference, a coalition of major conservation NGOs � including Conservation International, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Nature Conservancy, The Ocean Conservancy, Wildlife Conservation Society, World Wildlife Fund and the IUCN � The World Conservation Union � have begun working together to put the agenda into concerted action.

Defying Ocean�s End is a guide for all who care about the future of the ocean.

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Defying Ocean�s End can be purchased from Island Press.

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