05 May 2017
2016 Annual Report
Following its launch in 2012 in the scientific journal Nature, the OHI is now used by government, civil, private, and academic organizations around the world. During these first five years, the OHI has been successful in a variety of contexts. below are key highlights for 2016:
· Fifth annual global OHI assessment conducted for all 220 exclusive economic zones (EEZs) around the world.
· With the addition of Africa, on-going, independently-led assessments (OHI+) are being implemented across all inhabited continents and many more priority marine areas such as the Pacific Oceanscape, East Africa, and Southeast Asia.
· Mexico publicly committed to using the OHI as the structure for the national Interdepartmental Commission for Sustainable Management of Seas and Coasts.
· The United States included the OHI in their first-ever National Ocean Plan for the Northeast Region.
· The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14: Life Below Water proposed the OHI as an implementation mechanism.
· The government of Indonesia is using the OHI to inform ocean management priorities as it develops its 5-year national development plan for 2019-2024. In late 2016, the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries began the process of developing an OHI+ assessment for Bali as a pilot project. In 2017, they will begin an OHI-West Papua project.
· The Baltic Health Index, launched in November 2016, represents the first regional multi-national OHI assessment.