In January 2022, the OneOcean Response Room developed a deep dive briefing, exploring the topic of equity and justice in the ocean sector. This briefing paper was prepared in response to the feedback received from Flotilla members highlighting equity and justice as an area of increasing focus, and requests for support on communicating in this area. This deep dive briefing sought to contribute to the discussion and provide communication suggestions.
The aim of this paper is not to provide definitive answers or concrete recommendations, but rather to present key challenges and opportunities and underpin efforts to mainstream equity and justice in the ocean sector. The deep dive is based on desk research into the growing discussion around ocean equity and justice in scholarly articles, scientific papers, and key reports on this subject produced in the past five years, in order to:
- Present an overview of what equity and justice mean in the context of ocean action
- Identify key problematic areas for ocean equity
- Offer operational considerations to begin to deal with problems of ocean equity and justice
- Suggest potential areas of action for ocean communications