2011 GLOBE World Oceans Day Forum


To coincide with World Ocean Day, the GLOBE International Commission on Land Use Change and Ecosystems brought together a leadership group of legislators from the key marine nations for a meeting in The Houses of Parliament, London, UK, on 7th - 8th June 2010. The Commission addressed all the drivers of marine ecosystem degradation by developing a "Marine Ecosystem Recovery Plan". The London meeting focused on the issue of over-fishing and enabled legislators from across the world to come together to agree on coordinated legislative action to ensure the sustainable and equitable management of the world's marine fish stocks.


On the first day of the Forum, the Commission outlined the objectives of the Marine Ecosystems Recovery Plan and the case for international action. The proceeding sessions dealt with economic waste in international fisheries, reforming high seas management, ensuring international compliance, and protecting fragile marine ecosystems.

The second day began with the agreement on the Marine Ecosystems Recovery Plan before going on to consider the next steps to be taken by the Commission. The final session of the Forum comprised a presentation and discussion on the GLOBE Marine Ecosystems Recovery Strategy.

Marine Ecosystems Recovery Strategy

The chief outcome of the World Oceans Day Forum was the agreement of the GLOBE Marine Ecosystems Recovery Strategy. The aim of this document is to define clear and targeted actions to guide legislators in implementing the comprehensive reforms that will ensure an economically and environmentally sustainable future for our oceans' fisheries. The document emphasises that the global nature of this resource necessitates a globally coordinated response, with action needed at all political levels:tuna
  • Measures to address fleet efficiency and to ensure that the management of domestic fisheries is governed by a sustainable, ecosystem-based approach.
  • Robust regulations in importer countries to eradicate illegal fish from the market and promote sustainable sourcing.
  • Regional cooperation between key port and coastal states in order to ensure there are no safe havens for illegal fishing.
  • Action by parties to the main international marine and fisheries agreements to ensure the proper management of the high seas.

Best Practices

As an accompaniment to the Marine Ecosystem Recovery Strategy the Commission identified a number of best practice examples from the around the world for the four main themes addressed in the policy briefing paper:
  • Economic incentives
  • Fully integrated marine policy
  • High seas management
  • Ensuring compliance