NCE Seafood Innovation Clusters' work with the SDGs
Acknowledging that all goals are interrelated and must be seen in context, NCE Seafood Innovation Cluster has chosen to focus particularly on five SDGs to maximize our impact and create long term values. Although the goals are challenging and ambitious, we believe that sustainable aquaculture and salmon farming can contribute to sustainable development of the food sector and a solution to many of the goals.
In NCE Seafood Innovation Cluster, we have aligned our work with the SDGs, and chosen five goals where we consider to have the highest impact and where we can make a difference. Below we present the five prioritized SDGs, and explain how we believe the seafood sector can make a difference:
Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere
Extreme poverty rates have been cut by more than half since 1990. Poverty is more than the lack of income and resources to ensure a sustainable livelihood. Its manifestations include hunger and malnutrition, limited access to education and other basic services, social discrimination and exclusion as well as the lack of participation in decision-making. Economic growth must be inclusive to provide sustainable jobs and promote equality.
Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
In a growing world population with challenges related to obesity and hunger, seafood may provide a solution to the growing demand for protein and encourage healthy diets. If done right, aquaculture and fisheries can provide nutritious food for all and generate decent incomes, while supporting people-centred rural development and protecting the environment.
The seafood sector offers key solutions for development, and is central for hunger and poverty eradication. Seafood is a healthy food choice and is rich in nutrients such as omega-3, proteins, vitamins and minerals.
Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
Being at the forefront of sustainable aquaculture, the seafood sector has the potential to drive innovation in climate friendly seafood going forward. The production of food accounts for a significant part of global greenhouse gas emissions.
Seafood has a small carbon and water footprint compared to other sources of protein, and can contribute to a solution to the climate challenge.
Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources
The world’s oceans – their temperature, chemistry, currents and life – drive global systems that make the Earth habitable for humankind.
Our rainwater, drinking water, weather, climate, coastlines, much of our food, and even the oxygen in the air we breathe, are all ultimately provided and regulated by the sea.
The farming practices in the salmon farming industry are more technologically advanced than any other fish farming practice. The salmon farming sector may offer knowledge and technology transfer to other aquaculture areas to enhance and encourage a sustainable use of the ocean in the rise of the blue economy.
Goal 17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
A successful sustainable development agenda requires partnerships between governments, the private sector and civil society. These inclusive partnerships built upon principles and values, a shared vision, and shared goals that place people and the planet at the centre, are needed at the global, regional, national and local level.
As a Cluster we want to contribute to higher degree of partnership between the government and the seafood sector to achieve the SDGs.
What are the Sustainable Development Goals?
- The UNs Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.
- These 17 Goals build on the success of the Millennium Development Goals, while including new areas such as climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace and justice.
- The goals are interconnected - often the key to success on one will involve tackling issues more commonly associated with another
- The SDGs work is in the spirit of partnership and pragmatism to make the right choices now, to improve life in a sustainable way for future generations.