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USP Researchers meet with United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI)

USP researchers from the United Kindom Research and Innovation (UKRI) One Ocean Hub Global Challenges Research Fund project joined the international team for a planning workshop in Cape, Town South Africa. Sixty-six researchers from 8 countries met together to undertake detailed planning for the next 5 years

The One Ocean Hub aims to transform our response to the urgent challenges facing our ocean.Its research seeks to bridge current disconnections in law, science and policy and integrate governance frameworks to balance multiple ocean uses with conservation. It strives to empower the communities, women and children, most reliant upon the oceans, to inform decisions based on multiple values and knowledge systems.

The aim is to predict, harness and share equitably environmental, socioeconomic and cultural benefits from ocean conservation and sustainable use. The Hub will also identify hidden trade-offs between more easily monetized fishing or mining activities and less-understood values of the ocean’s deep cultural role, function in the carbon cycle, and potential in medical innovation.

The Hub 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.

L to R: Professor Derrick Armstrong, Associate Professor Ann Cheryl Armstrong, Dr Katy Soapi, Professor Jeremy Hills, Associate Professor Gilianne Brodie, Professor Matt Allen, Dr Morgan Wairiu, Associate Professor P-J Bordahandy


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