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Modifying national accounts for sustainable ocean development

Eli P. Fenichel (), Ethan T. Addicott, Kristine Grimsrud, Glenn-Marie Lange, Ina Porras and Ben Milligan
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Eli P. Fenichel: Yale University
Ethan T. Addicott: Yale University
Glenn-Marie Lange: The World Bank
Ina Porras: Independent researcher
Ben Milligan: University of New South Wales

Nature Sustainability, 2020, vol. 3, issue 11, 889-895

Abstract: Abstract Sustainable development of the ocean economy requires a system for measuring progress. The standard system of national accounting provides a solid foundation for doing so, though the scope requires expansion to adequately cover household-produced services; for example, ocean-based leisure, and the role of natural capital in the ocean economy. The accounts summary needs indicators beyond gross domestic product that enable users to choose what is included. New technologies make digital dashboards of indicators easy to produce. Such dashboards facilitate rapid comparison of indicators that cannot be aggregated into a single metric, which enables national ocean accounts to coherently present physical and monetary data.

Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1038/s41893-020-0592-8

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