Connecting SDG 14 with the other Sustainable Development Goals through Marine Spatial Planning

SCELG Working Paper No 6 (Latest revision: 18 June 2017)

21 Pages Posted: 13 Mar 2017 Last revised: 19 Jun 2017

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Elisa Morgera

Strathclyde Law School

Mara Ntona

Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance (SCELG)

Date Written: 2017

Abstract

Despite the oceans’ incontrovertible contribution to the realisation of sustainable development, the importance assigned by the Millennium Development Goals to the conservation and sustainable use of marine resources was marginal. The adoption of a stand-alone Sustainable Development Goal on oceans (SDG 14) thus represents an important paradigm shift, insofar as it attempts to tackle some of the most intensely debated issues with relevance to marine environmental protection. However, SDG 14 remains one of the least well-integrated components of Agenda 2030, revolving almost exclusively around environmental considerations and omitting to address the wide range of socioeconomic issues raised throughout the goal-setting process. This gap risks undermining Agenda 2030’s internal consistency and, by extension, the realisation of its transformational vision. Accordingly, this article endeavours to contribute to the scholarship on SDG linkages by conceptualising the intricate interconnections between SDG 14 and other Goals based on the diverse services provided to humankind by marine ecosystems, with a view to facilitating the transition to an “environment for well-being” approach to development. The article does so by relying on emerging guidance on marine spatial planning (MSP) under the Convention on Biological Diversity. By bringing ecosystem services and MSP into the SDG linkages discussion, this article seeks to investigate the role of the ecosystem approach, and of fair and equitable benefit-sharing within it, in fostering participatory ocean management tools. Ultimately, it seeks to assess to what extent MSP, building upon such tools and drawing on ecosystem services mapping, should be used to promote equity, prevent conflicts and enhance SDG synergies.

Keywords: Sustainable Development Goals, sustainable development, ecosystem services, marine spatial planning, Convention on Biological Diversity, ecosystem approach

Suggested Citation

Morgera, Elisa and Ntona, Mara, Connecting SDG 14 with the other Sustainable Development Goals through Marine Spatial Planning (2017). SCELG Working Paper No 6 (Latest revision: 18 June 2017), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2931829 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2931829

Elisa Morgera

Strathclyde Law School ( email )

Lord Hope Building
141 St James Rd
Glasgow 1XQ, Scotland
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.strath.ac.uk/research/strathclydecentreenvironmentallawgovernance/

Mara Ntona (Contact Author)

Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance (SCELG) ( email )

Lord Hope Building
141 St James Rd
Glasgow G4 0L, Scotland
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.linkedin.com/in/mara-ntona-62b25072/

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