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The Future of Food from the Sea


The United Nations High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy (HLP) commissioned HLP Expert Group, a global group of over 70 content experts, to organize and edit a series of "Blue Papers" to explore pressing challenges at the nexus of the ocean and the economy. The HLP identified 16 specific topics for which it sought a synthesis of knowledge and opportunities for action. In response, 16 teams of global content experts were established. Each resulting Blue Paper was independently peer-reviewed and revised accordingly. The final Blue Papers summarize the latest science and state-of-the-art thinking on how technology, policy, governance and finance can be applied to help accelerate a more sustainable and prosperous relationship with the ocean, one that balances production with protection to achieve prosperity for all, while mitigating climate change.

Each Blue Paper offers a robust scientific basis for the work of the HLP. Together they will form the basis for an integrated report to be delivered to the HLP. In turn, the HLP intends to produce a set of politically endorsed recommendations for action in 2020.

The first Blue Paper examines how we feed a growing global population in a way that is nutritious, sustainable and economically viable. This Blue Paper confirms the importance of ocean food production systems in global future food and nutritional security. It offers a dual message of urgency and hope. Through smarter management of wild fisheries and the sustainable development of marine aquaculture (mariculture), the ocean could supply over six times more food than it does today, while helping restore the health of ocean ecosystems. This is a remarkable finding that should spur responsive action from governments, financial institutions and business.

Looking to the ocean as a source of protein produced using low-carbon methodologies will be critical for food security, nutrition and economic stability, especially in coastal countries where hunger and malnutrition are a challenge. Yet these advances in ocean production can only be achieved with a concurrent focus on addressing threats to ocean health, such as climate change and overfishing.

Co-chairs of HLP Expert Group:
Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D.
Peter Haugan, Ph.D.
Mari Elka Pangestu, Ph.D.

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Remembering John S. Dickey Jr.

John Dickey(l-r) RNRF Chairman David Moody (AWRA), Maryland Governor Parris Glendening, and John Dickey, chair of RNRF 2002 Congress Program Committee, at the congress in Baltimore.

Scientist, author, and poet, died of cancer at his home in Puerto Rico on October 8, 2019. Born in Washington, D.C., he grew up in Hanover, New Hampshire and graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy, Dartmouth College (AB in geology), the University of Otago (MS in geology on a Fulbright Scholarship), and Princeton University (PhD in geological and geophysical sciences). A member of the Smithsonian research team that first examined the moon rocks from Apollo 11, John's career included positions at M.I.T. (Assistant Professor), NSF (Program Director), Syracuse University (Chair of Geology), Trinity University in San Antonio (Dean of Science, Math, and Engineering), and the American Geophysical Union (Director of Outreach and Research Support).

While at AGU, John served as an alternate RNRF board member from 1998 through 2002. He served on the program committee for RNRF Congresses on Human Population Growth: Impacts on Sustaining Renewable Natural Resources (1998), and Promoting Sustainability in the 21st Century (2000). He chaired the program committee of the Congress on Control of Nonpoint Source Water Pollution in 2002. In that same year, he received the RNRF Chairman’s Award for Professional Service to the Foundation.

John returned to the RNRF Board as a principal director in 2013, serving as a Public Interest Member. He served on program committees for congresses on Coastal Resiliency and Risk (2013), and Adapting Food Production to a Changing Climate (2014). He resigned from the board in 2015.

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New Minds for New Science


During January, AMS published a study entitled, “New Minds for New Science: The Forecast for Work in the Weather, Water, and Climate Enterprise.” This study is largely based on an AMS Policy Program workshop conducted in April 2019, which discussed how rapid technological and societal changes are impacting the weather, water, and climate workforce. The workshop brought together individuals from the public, private, and academic sector as well as the NGO community to examine issues and identify opportunities for workforce advancement.

Based on workshop discussions and additional examinations, AMS identified numerous opportunities and needs for workforce advancement.

1.    Build adaptiveness: to recognize and harness opportunities, and build resilience to face the challenges embedded in social change and technological advances, ranging from new media, to more flexible computing, and the internet of things.

2.    Promote holistic approaches to Big Data and artificial intelligence (AI) that simultaneously consider issues of data quality, sharing, privacy, access, and bias.

3.    Develop a diverse and inclusive culture; one that welcomes people from all backgrounds, empowers individual contributions, and encourages all to share their talents fully.

4.    Enhance purpose-driven science that provides societal benefit. This will advance public wellbeing and create fulfilling career pathways for prospective members of the workforce.

5.    Enable and promote phased retirement and succession planning.

6.    Strengthen adaptive and evidence-based approaches to teaching and worker training.

7.    Encourage development of high-value but nontraditional skills including collaboration and communication.

8.    Facilitate collaboration across sectors, particularly in the education of students and workforce training.

In closing, the study emphasized that progress in this community is dependent on individual choices, community efforts, and societal decisions.

The study can be obtained here.

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