Commitments to action
Proposed Coalition for Blue/Aquatic Foods
Iceland, Environmental Defense Council, Stanford University, World Resources Institute, CGIAR/Worldfish, Member States: Bangladesh; Belize; Canada; Chile; EU; Fiji; France; Ghana; Iceland; Japan; Kenya; Korea; Mexico; Netherlands; New Zealand; Norway; Palau; Peru; Portugal; Spain; United States of America Intergovernmental organizations: Pacific Community SPC- Communauté du Pacifique CPS; WorldFish/CGIAR Academic institutions: Stockholm Resilience Center; Stanford University Civil Society: EDF; WWF; WRI, Oceana, and Rare
The Member States and organizations listed in the attached document are working to develop a Coalition focused on realizing the full potential of sustainable blue, or aquatic, foods – such as fish, shellfish, aquatic plants, and algae, captured or cultivated in freshwater or marine ecosystems – to help end malnutrition and build nature-positive, equitable and resilient food systems.
Robust and rapidly growing evidence in the FSS record demonstrates the vital potential of aquatic foods to meet nutrition deficiencies and to help meet the environmental and climate challenge. This evidence establishes the urgent need to integrate sustainably harvested blue foods into national and local food system policies and programs and also, especially in the most vulnerable countries, to invest in climate-resilient blue food production.
Coalition members – including the Member States, civil society organizations, academic institutions, aquatic food producers, and consumer groups – agree that sustainable blue foods will not only increase the supply of nutritious food but also contribute to community resilience, decent jobs, gender equality, and poverty alleviation.
The Coalition is grounded in the international consensuses already achieved – in the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, the 2021 COFI Declaration, the SSF Guidelines, the CFS, and UN Nutrition. It will take advantage of existing initiatives, like the Ocean Panel, Global Action Network, Blue Food Assessment, Safe Seaweed Coalition, and Rise Up for the Oceans. Coalition members are coming together in a unified commitment to support the actual, concrete implementation of key aquatic food priorities, especially at the country level.
This coalition has two key missions:
- to raise the profile of aquatic foods in the context of food systems overall, so that they will finally be placed where they belong on the agenda (and budget) of decision-makers not usually aware of their significance, such as health ministers, development ministers, finance ministers, and prime ministers, and
- to mobilize support and cooperation for specific projects and opportunities to drive implementation of sustainable blue food priority objectives of members, in order to complement and accelerate the work already underway via the FAO and other Rome-based agencies
Coalition members may find opportunities to advance action at a regional or global scale. We anticipate, however, that most often Coalition initiatives will support action by countries – identifying a group of countries wanting to implement a core set of reforms or innovations and mustering investment, technical capacity, and partnerships to support them.
Boost Nature-Based Solutions of Production
Stefán Jón Hafstein, Tom Grasso, Jim Leape, Kristian Teleki, • Shakuntala Thilstead Special Envoy for the Ocean, Vice President, Climate Resilient Food System, Co-director of the Center for Ocean Solutions, Director, Friends of Ocean Action, Global Lead for Nutrition and Public Health