Rebuilding marine life

Duarte, Carlos M., Agusti, Susana, Barbier, Edward, Britten, Gregory, Carlos Castilla, Juan, Gattuso, Jean-Pierre, Fulweiler, Robinson W., Hughes, Terry P., Knowlton, Nancy, Lovelock, Catherine E., Lotze, Heike K., Predragovic, Milica, Poloczanska, Elvira, Roberts, Callum, and Worm, Boris (2020) Rebuilding marine life. Nature, 580 (7801). pp. 39-51.

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Abstract

Sustainable Development Goal 14 of the United Nations aims to "conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development". Achieving this goal will require rebuilding the marine life-support systems that deliver the many benefits that society receives from a healthy ocean. Here we document the recovery of marine populations, habitats and ecosystems following past conservation interventions. Recovery rates across studies suggest that substantial recovery of the abundance, structure and function of marine life could be achieved by 2050, if major pressures-including climate change-are mitigated. Rebuilding marine life represents a doable Grand Challenge for humanity, an ethical obligation and a smart economic objective to achieve a sustainable future.

Item ID: 63797
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0028-0836
Keywords: conservation biology; marine biology
Copyright Information: © The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Limited 2020
Funders: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Simons Collaboration on Computational Biogeochemical Modeling of Marine Ecosystems/CBIOMES, Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, International Atomic Energy Energy Agency (IAEA), Veolia Environment Foundation, French Facility for Global Environment, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Ocean Frontier Institute, Catedra Arauco in Environmental Ethic-UC, Centro Interdisciplinario de Cambio Global-UC
Projects and Grants: CBIOMES (grant number 549931)
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2020 07:55
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050101 Ecological Impacts of Climate Change @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960301 Climate Change Adaptation Measures @ 100%
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