World Experts Call for Code of Conduct in Ocean Conservation

Source: Science Daily/University of Washington - May 18, 2017 in Politics

World Experts Call for Code of Conduct in Ocean Conservation
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A diverse group of the world’s leading experts in marine conservation is calling for a Hippocratic Oath for ocean conservation not unlike the pledge physicians take to uphold specific ethical standards when practicing medicine.

A code of conduct for marine conservation would help prevent human rights violations that might occur during conservation and promote fair, socially responsible decision-making when planning and carrying out actions to protect the ocean. The recommendations were published May 15 in the journal Marine Policy.

“The benefit of developing a code of conduct is that we are taking past mistakes and learning from them,” said lead author Nathan Bennett, a researcher at the University of Washington, the University of British Columbia and Stanford University. “We are trying to suggest a way forward and ultimately to increase the success of conservation.”

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