We are entirely reliant upon the ocean. The ocean produces half the oxygen we breathe, absorbs over a quarter of global carbon dioxide, and contributes to freshwater renewal. Entire countries and numerous communities depend on the ocean for food, work, livelihoods, culture and spirituality.
Over-exploitation and multiple competing uses, pollution and climate change, however, are pushing ocean ecosystems towards a tipping point. Current solutions are disconnected across sectors and levels, and from those most affected by ocean degradation.
The One Ocean Hub aims to transform our response to the urgent challenges facing our ocean.
Its research seeks to bridge current disconnections in law, science and policy and integrate governance frameworks to balance multiple ocean uses with conservation. It strives to empower the communities, women and children, most reliant upon the oceans, to inform decisions based on multiple values and knowledge systems.
The aim is to predict, harness and share equitably environmental, socioeconomic and cultural benefits from ocean conservation and sustainable use. The Hub will also identify hidden trade-offs between more easily monetized fishing or mining activities and less-understood values of the ocean's deep cultural role, function in the carbon cycle, and potential in medical innovation.
The Hub specifically addresses the challenges and opportunities of South Africa, Namibia, Ghana, Fiji and Solomon Islands, and will share knowledge at regional (South Pacific, Africa and Caribbean) and international levels.
The One Ocean Hub is led by the University of Strathclyde with 24 research partners, and 35 project partner organisations.
This Hub is funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) - which is a key component in delivering the UK AID strategy and puts UK-led research at the heart of efforts to tackle the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
For more information about UKRI and the GCRF Hubs, visit: www.ukri.org.