|Implementing the WSSD decision of restoring marine ecosystems by 2015 - scientific information support in the public domain|Nauen, C.E. (2006). Implementing the WSSD decision of restoring marine ecosystems by 2015 - scientific information support in the public domain. Mar. Policy 30(5): 455-461. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2004.11.003
In: Marine Policy. Pergamon: Guildford. ISSN 0308-597X; e-ISSN 1872-9460
ecosystem restoration; public knowledge goods; implementation of WSSD;
Among the relatively few decisions taken by heads of States and government at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in September 2002 in Johannesburg, South Africa, was the time-bound objective to restore degraded stocks to productive levels in its Plan of Implementation. The paper examines the evidence leading to this decision and the broadening of cognitive maps it implies. In particular, it documents how public archiving of research results and other knowledge sources particularly those accessible through the Fish Base (www.fishbase.org) and Sea Around Us (www.seaaroundus.org) websites has been effective in enabling citizens in addition to specialist publics to counteract shifting baselines and monitor progress against the WSSD plan. The increased targeting and cost-effectiveness of research efforts and the social benefits of public research spending this implies militates for the extension of such approaches to other groups as an enabling mechanism for WSSD decisions on restoring marine ecosystems by 2015.