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To Achieve a Sustainable Blue Future, Progress Assessments Must Include Interdependencies between the Sustainable Development Goals

Nash, Kirsty L.; Blythe, Jessica L; Cvitanovic, Christopher; Fulton, Elizabeth; Halpern, Benjamin S.; Milner-Gulland, E. J.; Addison, P; Pecl, Gretta T.; Watson, R; Blanchard, Julia

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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were designed to address interactions between the economy, society, and the biosphere. However, indicators used for assessing progress toward the goals do not account for these interactions. To understand the potential implications of this compartmentalized assessment framework, we explore progress evaluations toward SDG 14 (Life below Water) and intersecting social goals presented in submissions to the UN High-Level Political Forum. We show that there...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorNash, Kirsty L.
dc.contributor.authorBlythe, Jessica L
dc.contributor.authorCvitanovic, Christopher
dc.contributor.authorFulton, Elizabeth
dc.contributor.authorHalpern, Benjamin S.
dc.contributor.authorMilner-Gulland, E. J.
dc.contributor.authorAddison, P
dc.contributor.authorPecl, Gretta T.
dc.contributor.authorWatson, R
dc.contributor.authorBlanchard, Julia
dc.date.accessioned2020-07-10T05:57:42Z
dc.date.available2020-07-10T05:57:42Z
dc.identifier.issn2590-3330
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/206032
dc.description.abstractThe Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were designed to address interactions between the economy, society, and the biosphere. However, indicators used for assessing progress toward the goals do not account for these interactions. To understand the potential implications of this compartmentalized assessment framework, we explore progress evaluations toward SDG 14 (Life below Water) and intersecting social goals presented in submissions to the UN High-Level Political Forum. We show that there is a disconnect between the apparent progress shown by indicators and long-term sustainability; for example, short-term gains in reducing hunger or poverty might be undermined by poor ocean health, particularly in countries dependent on fisheries or developing their blue economy. We suggest an extension to existing indicator assessments to integrate scenarios and social-ecological modeling. This approach would ensure that decision makers are provided with knowledge fundamental to directing actions to attain SDGs while minimizing unintended outcomes due to interactions among goals.
dc.description.sponsorshipUniversity of Tasmania and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization via the Centre for Marine Socioecology. G.T.P. was supported by an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (FT140100596). R.A.W. acknowledges support from the Australian Research Council (Discovery project DP140101377). P.F.E.A. acknowledges support from the Natural Environment Research Council (NE/N005457/1).
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dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherCell Press
dc.rights© 2020 The Author(s).
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
dc.sourceOne Earth
dc.source.urihttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.oneear.2020.01.008
dc.titleTo Achieve a Sustainable Blue Future, Progress Assessments Must Include Interdependencies between the Sustainable Development Goals
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume2
dc.date.issued2020
local.identifier.absfor050205 - Environmental Management
local.identifier.ariespublicationu6048437xPUB877
local.publisher.urlhttps://www.sciencedirect.com/
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationNash, Kirsty L., University of Tasmania
local.contributor.affiliationBlythe, Jessica L, Brock University
local.contributor.affiliationCvitanovic, Christopher, College of Science, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationFulton, Elizabeth, CSIRO
local.contributor.affiliationHalpern, Benjamin S., University of California
local.contributor.affiliationMilner-Gulland, E. J., University of Oxford
local.contributor.affiliationAddison, P, University of Oxford
local.contributor.affiliationPecl, Gretta T., University of Tasmania
local.contributor.affiliationWatson, R, University of Tasmania
local.contributor.affiliationBlanchard, Julia, University of Tasmania
dc.relationhttp://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DP140101377
dc.relationhttp://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/(FT140100596
local.bibliographicCitation.issue2
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage161
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage173
local.identifier.doi10.1016/j.oneear.2020.01.008
dc.date.updated2020-03-15T07:21:41Z
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