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The proposed project is a response to the growing demand from decision makers to better manage human activities and their impact on marine biodiversity and ecosystems. We need to understand and acknowledge that social progress, sustainable economic development and the success of ocean-based businesses relies on healthy marine ecosystems. 

It also responds to the Rio +20 Outcomes Document [link and explanation] which states s noting that ocean ecosystem services are a critical part of sustainable development. It stressed “…the importance of the conservation and sustainable use of the oceans and seas and of their resources for sustainable development, including through their contributions to poverty eradication, sustained economic growth, food security and creation of sustainable livelihoods and descent work…” [Citation]

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