From a Ripple of Hope to Waves of Change: An Independent Assessment of Our Ocean Conference MPA Commitments
Dr. Kirsten Grorud-‐Colvert, Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Dr. Katherine Dziedzic, Ms. Vanessa Constant, and Dr. Jenna Sullivan
Grorud-‐Colvert, K., J. Lubchenco, K. Dziedzic, V. Constant, and J. Sullivan-‐Stack. 2019. From a Ripple of Hope to Waves of Change: An Independent Assessment of Our Ocean Conference MPA Commitments. A Technical Report submitted to the OOC Hosts Committee.
A hallmark of the Our Ocean Conferences (OOCs) has been a strong commitment to accountability for announcements made at the conference. The authors conducted an in‐depth, independent assessment of progress on pledges made in the “MPAs and other area-‐based conservation measures (ABMs)” category (one of six thematic topics) at the five OOCs. These 206 MPA and ABM announcements constituted 20% of all OOC announcements. Some announcements included multiple actions, and the authors evaluated all 288 individual actions.
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