Monash Progress Report 2022 – Goal 14
Monash University Progress Report 2022 on the Sustainable Development Goals
Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
2022 Publications Performance View
Number of Monash Research Outputs: 55
Mean Field Weighted Citation Impact of Monash Outputs: 1.35
3 Year Rolling Mean FWCI of Monash Outputs: 1.56
Repairing Memory and Place View
Repairing Memory and Place in Monash Art, Design and Architecture is an Indigenous-led water project that was one of 67 research projects selected for funding under the Australian Research Council’s (ARC) Linkage Project scheme to keep Australia at the forefront of emerging technologies and benefit the wider community.
The interdisciplinary project, which sits within Wominjeka Djeembana Lab, will integrate Indigenous ways of knowing with urban water management. By helping to enable the repair of ecological and cultural memory of Place the project also strives to enable government agencies to apply Indigenous practices to everyday management of urban water towards a more sustainable water future.
Matching Biodiversity Indicators to Policy Needs View
Biodiversity indicators can be useful for a variety of different activities. However, at the global scale, they are rarely linked directly to decision making. Monash Business School researchers developed a new model for assigning biodiversity indicators based on a common approach used in economics that classifies indicators as leading, coincident, or lagging. This classification system developed by the MBS team creates an explicit link to preventative decision-making, supporting action to address ocean-based global species extinction and marine ecosystem collapse.
SEAFOAM: Southeast Asia Framework for Ocean Action in Mitigation View
Southeast Asia Framework for Ocean Action in Mitigation (SEAFOAM) is a Climateworks Centre project, supported by Quantedge Advancement Initiative, to identify ocean-based solutions to help deliver greenhouse gas emission cuts pledged under the Paris Agreement.
The SEAFOAM pilot project will focus on ocean-based climate mitigation and marine nature-based climate solutions in Indonesia. As the world’s largest archipelagic country and host to 17 per cent of the world’s blue carbon ecosystems, Indonesia is one of the most important countries in the world for ocean-based climate change mitigation.
Global and Australian Plastic Regulation View
Researchers from Monash Law School were awarded funding from the Australia-India Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative Grant to explore maritime cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region. Leveraging the researchers’ expertise in plastic pollution, the project included exploring marine ecology strategies, with a particular emphasis on marine plastic litter and debris regulatory waste minimisation models in the Bay of Bengal.
Unit Statistics and Highlights View
In 2022, 92 units directly related to SDG14 were offered across Monash University, with a total enrolment of 4,264 individual students.
The units highlighted below are a small sample of the units at Monash relating to life below water:
Monash Submission to UNFCCC Ocean and Climate Dialogue View
As an Observer Organisation of the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Monash made an official submission to inform UNFCCC’s Ocean and Climate Change Dialogue 2022. The submission called on the UNFCCC to facilitate understanding of the ocean-climate nexus, as well as increased ocean-climate action. It suggested four topics for discussion: (1) Improved alignment between climate and ocean related regimes; (2) Integration of oceans in UNFCCC outcomes and processes; (3) Improved institutional arrangements; and (4) Inclusion of blue finance as part of climate finance. Monash’s submission was referenced in the “Information Note by the Chair” for the Dialogue.
Point Nepean Research and Education Field Station View
Monash University and the University of Melbourne further advanced a joint agreement to establish the Point Nepean Research and Education Field Station, an interdisciplinary science research and education facility encompassing coastal environments, climate change, history and culture, the arts and community engagement.
As home to the National Centre for Coasts, Environment and Climate, the site will serve as a marine climate field station making use of the site’s unique marine and coastal environment, including work on habitat and ecological restoration, as well the significant Indigenous history and settler heritage of the site.