The One Ocean Hub (OOH) is a programme for collaborative research for development related to oceans funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). GCRF is a key component in delivering the UK AID strategy and puts UK-led research at the heart of efforts to tackle the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
The OOH specifically addresses the challenges and opportunities of South Africa, Namibia, Ghana, Fiji and Solomon Islands, and will share knowledge at regional (South Pacific, Africa and Caribbean) and international levels. The One Ocean Hub is led by the University of Strathclyde with 24 research partners, and >30 project partner organisations.
In the South Pacific, Fiji and the Solomon Islands are the focal countries. Awareness and recognition of the urgent threats to ocean health are growing and global and national responses are mobilising. Yet responses are disconnected across sectors of ocean use, disconnected across scales of governance – from local to international level, and disconnected across communities, woman and youth, who are most reliant upon the ocean, and most disproportionately affected by degrading ocean health and declining availability of resources.
OOH research in the Pacific islands is led by the University of the South Pacific (USP). The USP OOH team commenced on the 1st of September, 2019 and is anticipated to be completed by the 30th of April, 2020 (8 months duration). The eight month planned work of USP is called Work Package Zero (WP0) and represents a sequential analysis to identify target priority research areas within the Pacific region. The target areas will be focused around relevant articulations of development issues located specifically within Fiji and Solomon Islands. The derived target areas will be validated to ensure that transdisciplinary research with Pacific legitimacy can lead to benefits for the OOH grant beneficiary groups.