Later this week we will launch a discussion paper on a proposal to government for the creation of an oceans institution – outlining why New Zealand needs to establish such an institution and what it might look like (Discussion Paper 2015/01). As a precursor, we are working hard to have all our one ocean research publicly available on our Project One Ocean and our YouTube channel.
Today we share with you the video of Institute Patron Professor Lionel Carter at the 26 March 2015 Wellington launch of Report 10: One Ocean: Principles for the stewardship of a healthy and productive ocean. Lionel is a Professor of Marine Geology at Victoria University of Wellington and advisor for the One Ocean report. Lionel opened the presentation by discussing the need for New Zealand to step up in terms of oceans governance.
Following the publication of Report 10: One Ocean: Principles for the stewardship of a healthy and productive ocean, the Institute sought to further its work on New Zealand ocean management. This discussion event set the direction for our work going forward. We have since held two round-table events to explore what a proposed Pacific and Southern oceans institute might look like. The key output resulting from the discussions is the draft discussion paper on the establishment of a possible oceans institution. You can learn more about each event and the outputs here.