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Issue No:84
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  • :December
  • :2020

Samudra Report No.84, December 2020


Oceans / Sustainability

A New Deal with our Ocean Planet

The creation of an inclusive, equitable and sustainable ocean economy calls for bold political and social leadership, based on a holistic relationship with our ocean planet

This article is by John Kurien (, Visiting Professor, Azim Premji University, Bengaluru, India, and Honorary Fellow, WorldFish, Penang, Malaysia

The ocean sustains all life on our planet. Our human relationships with the ocean are diverse, complex and evolving. They represent both a time-honoured and new plurality of values—material, monetary, emotional and spiritual—that must be respected and fostered.

These blue relationships—ocean values—are also tempered by how and where we encounter the ocean. Recognition and acknowledgement of these attributes will alone contribute to creating an inclusive, equitable and sustainable ocean economy that ensures human wellbeing for the present and into the future.

Consequently, the future governance of the ocean becomes a collective responsibility of humanity. All those who earn their livelihoods from it—ocean citizens—and all the others—ocean supporters—must collaborate to ensure ocean health and ocean access.

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