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Integrated Ocean Management

What is ecosystem-based IOM?

We promote an ecosystem-based integrated oceans management (IOM) approach to ensure that the wellbeing and needs of both nature and marine users and communities are met, without compromising the integrity and biodiversity of the marine ecosystem.

Ecosystem-based ocean management means taking a whole-of-oceans approach to ensuring that all sectors are mindful of their impacts not only on the ocean but also on other sectors and that this is done both through a holistic ecosystem-based management approach and through a forward-looking adaptive lens. We are working to implement effective integrated oceans management in the Baltic Sea region by using a combination of new and proven tools and approaches. These include:

  • Opening a dialogue with stakeholders who can help drive positive influence and action towards the realisation of sustainable use of the sea and its marine resources.
  • Influencing reforms of key policies and governance, supporting their implementation, and engaging the private sector to help advance progress towards integrated and ecosystem-based resource management.
  • Encouraging the public and private sector to take a leadership role in implementing a circular economy, while aiming for zero negative impact on the Baltic Sea.
  • Supporting the redirection of public and private investment flows to support these forerunners.
  • Replicating and spreading the sustainable solutions generated by the region’s coastal and marine network of practitioners and mainstreaming them into policies, management processes and markets.
  • Identifying opportunities to link to and aid the implementation of relevant targets of the Sustainable Development Goal 14 – Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development – across the region.

Big Wins for IOM

A string of Baltic Pearls – The Baltic Sea will be the first marine region to achieve an integrated ecologically coherent network of well-managed Marine Protected Areas covering over 30% of its sea area included in a broader ecosystem-based Marine Spatial Planning network.

Model Region for Sustainable Blue Economy – The Baltic Sea has become one of the first regions in the world to develop a roadmap for a sustainable Blue Economy with zero negative impact on the Baltic Sea—with targets such as zero waste, zero emissions and limiting fishing to sustainable yields.

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The Baltic Sea region is positioned to become the world’s first truly sustainable Blue Economy. But in order to succeed, we need to move from rhetoric to action and start using the tools available to us.

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WWF has worked with all stakeholders involved to promote regulations and other solutions that will ensure a pollution and sewage-free Baltic Sea now and in the future.

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WWF works to ensure that Marine Protected Areas in the Baltic Sea function to protect biodiversity, that they strategic and use ecosystem-based approach.

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Last modified 07/04/20

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