World Wide Views on Oceans & Seas
The oceans and seas are in decline. Overfishing, pollution, climate change, ocean acidification, loss of biodiversity and destruction of habitats threatens the resilience of the ocean system. Although an international legal framework that covers High Seas exists (the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, UNCLOS), governance remains fragmented and inadequate. As a consequence, the UN General Assembly decided on December 23, 2015, to organize a high-level UN Conference on Oceans and Seas in June, 2017. In order to secure public support for decisions made at the conference (a road map is to be expected), it is essential that decision makers are informed about the views of citizens on the key issues that they will address. World Wide Views (WWViews) on Oceans and Seas offers a method and process for securing this.
The WWViews method has been used successfully thrice: for WWViews on Global Warming (2009), WWViews on Biodiversity (2012) and, recently, for WWViews on Climate and Energy (2015). Partners in the World Wide Views Alliance are therefore currently fundraising and seeking support for the implementation of World Wide Views on Oceans and Seas. In the Pacific, their efforts are supported by the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) at www.pacificidf.org