14 Jun A code of conduct for marine conservation
During the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress, marine conservation practitioners and researchers (including CCRN affiliate Nathan Bennett) met to discuss the need for a code of conduct for marine conservation. During this meeting, the group discussed the benefits, key principles, and steps necessary to create a code of conduct for marine conservation. From this initial discussion, and following a review of key policy documents, a draft code of conduct has been created. Information on this draft is available as a policy brief and as a scientific publication in the Journal Marine Policy.
This draft code of conduct for marine conservation is separated into three main objectives and includes details on how to achieve each objective. The first objective is to ensure fair conservation governance and decision making processes, the second objective is to guarantee socially-just conservation actions and outcomes, and the third objective is to assure accountable conservation initiatives and organizations.
The authors recognize that the development and implementation of a universal code of conduct for marine conservation requires the support of conservation donors, NGO’s, and global conservation organisations. The type of support needed includes discussions with key stakeholders, production of guiding documents and the consideration of additional accountability mechanisms.
This post was created with details from “An appeal for a code of conduct for marine conservation.” The featured image was taken by Nathan Bennett.