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Day 5: Theme Overview

On their final day in Marseille, participants work toward building synergies at the regional level. Carole Martinez (IUCN) explains.

Why end the congress on collective approaches?

Of course we share essentially one ocean. Global threats, such as ocean acidification, require a collective approach. This is what the congress is all about: finding solutions to address common issues, not just over one week, but day in, day out.

So why emphasize the regional scale?

Because regions are an appropriate framework for effective action. They have a natural unity – geographically, biologically – but also strong economic and political integration. We must now make regional cooperation sustainable, which means taking ecological services into account.

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