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Oceans and Coasts

Oceans are the lifeblood of our planet, covering 72 percent of earth’s surface. They provide critical resources, including food, transportation, energy, and opportunities for recreation. They also act as the earth’s circulatory system, regulating global temperatures and precipitation patterns and producing much of the oxygen we breathe. Though the oceans connect us physically, economically, environmentally, and socially, the immense size of this vital communal resource complicates efforts to address ocean and coastal challenges.

Meridian Institute has a long history of addressing the challenges facing our oceans and coasts, including working with the communities that depend on them. We facilitate collaborative planning processes to better coordinate ocean governance, support the design and convening of major international ocean forums, and help to coordinate and align messaging within the broader ocean community around specific policy goals. We also coordinate and represent diverse ocean and coastal interests to build coalitions, develop policy recommendations, bridge the divide between ocean stakeholders and government agencies, defend ocean policies and funding, and provide visibility to ocean issues.

The oceans are undergoing a period of unprecedented change, facing global stressors such as sea level rise, ocean acidification, rising sea surface temperatures, and plastic pollution. In addition, diverse sectors such as wild-capture fisheries, aquaculture, offshore energy, deep sea mining, marine transportation, and coastal tourism are expanding to meet growing global demand. As the number of ocean uses and pressures on marine ecosystems increase, so too does competition for limited resources.

These factors and dynamics complicate ocean and coastal resource management yet offer promising opportunities for collaboration. Across diverse projects, Meridian brings people together to address complex ocean policy challenges and find culturally and economically viable solutions that safeguard the longevity of our ocean environments and the communities that depend upon them.

    • Indonesia Fisheries Landscape Assessment
    • In 2018, Meridian received a grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation to coordinate and manage a team of experts who are developing an assessment of the fisheries policy and legal landscape in Indonesia. The goal of the project is to increase the knowledge base for civil society organizations and others, to enable policy reform.
    • Accelerating the Transition to Sustainable Seafood Supply Chains in Mexico
    • Meridian is facilitated a collaborative effort to accelerate sustainability in seafood supply chains in Mexico through a series of events convened by The Economist Group. We supported improved communication, collaboration, and development of shared objectives among several partners, including The Economist Group, the Walton Family Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and a range of in-country collaborators that include industry participants in the seafood supply chain in Mexico. Meridian’s role to date has included providing process design and facilitation support among these partners for a series of preparatory and side events related to the Economist’s March 2018 World Ocean Summit, including an Economist-hosted roundtable and a private luncheon meeting.
    • Advancing Integrated Ocean Policy Approaches in Mexico
    • Meridian is currently working with the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Environmental Defense Fund Mexico, and in-country partners in Mexico to identify opportunities to engage high-level thought leaders in Mexico around the importance of developing a shared, integrated vision for the management of Mexico’s oceans and coasts and the communities and economies that depend on them. We are specifically supporting improved communication, coordination, and shared strategy development among a number of in-country partners, with an objective to ensure the sustainable management of Mexico’s oceans and coasts and support the Mexican “blue economy.”