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To achieve a sustainable blue future, progress assessments must include interdependencies between the sustainable development goals

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posted on 2023-05-20, 10:16 authored by Kirsty Nash, Blythe, JL, Cvitanovic, C, Elizabeth FultonElizabeth Fulton, Halpern, BS, Milner-Gulland, EJ, Addison, PFE, Gretta PeclGretta Pecl, Reginald WatsonReginald Watson, Julia BlanchardJulia Blanchard
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) focus on providing society with a sustainable future. Progress toward the goals is being tracked by a series of indicators. These indicators show progress toward individual goals and targets but do not show how success or failure in relation to one goal might affect success or failure in another area. We show how interactions between the oceans and human poverty, hunger, and gender equity are hidden by indicator assessments and how this undermines the capacity of governments and organizations to maximize long-term moves toward sustainability. These findings are important for decision makers who work in the public and private sectors and wish to avoid unforeseen outcomes when implementing sustainability initiatives. Here, we suggest extensions to the current assessment framework to help counteract the identified issues, providing a research agenda for scientists working in all fields of sustainability science.


Publication title

One Earth






Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies


Cell Press

Place of publication

United States

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Copyright 2020 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Inc. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (

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  • Open

Socio-economic Objectives

Wild caught fin fish (excl. tuna); Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems; Nutrition