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Towards greater transparency and coherence in funding for sustainable marine fisheries and healthy oceans

by Abigayil Blandon; Beatrice Crona; Colette C. C. Wabnitz; Edmund McManus; Felix Mallin; Gonçalo Carneiro; Hanna Wetterstrand; Jeremy Hills; Jeremy Pittman; Kai Wiegler; Karim ould-Chihm; Lena Westlund; Mary Frances Davidson; Michael Berger; Robert Blasiak; Solène Guggisberg; Tim Daw; Xose Santos

May 16, 2019

This final manuscript in the special issue on "Funding for ocean conservation and sustainable fisheries" is the result of a dialogue aimed at connecting lead authors of the special issue manuscripts with relevant policymakers and practitioners. The dialogue took place over the course of a two-day workshop in December 2018, and this "coda" manuscript seeks to distil thinking around a series of key recurring topics raised throughout the workshop. These topics are collected into three broad categories, or "needs": 1) a need for transparency, 2) a need for coherence, and 3) a need for improved monitoring of project impacts. While the special issue sought to collect new research into the latest trends and developments in the rapidly evolving world of funding for ocean conservation and sustainable fisheries, the insights collected during the workshop have helped to highlight remaining knowledge gaps. Therefore, each of the three "needs" identified within this manuscript is followed by a series of questions that the workshop participants identified as warranting further attention as part of a future research agenda. The crosscutting nature of many of the issues raised as well as the rapid pace of change that characterizes this funding landscape both pointed to a broader need for continued dialogue and study that reaches across the communities of research, policy and practice.

Towards greater transparency and coherence in funding for sustainable marine fisheries and healthy oceans