Why Value the Oceans? A Discussion Paper/February 2012
Oceans cover almost three-quarters of the planet, yet we are just beginning to discover the extent of it's resources.
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]