A local problem-solving framework that benefits people and oceans

FILE PHOTO: Scuba divers swim past fish along a coral reef off the west coast of Zanzibar island, Tanzania, December 4, 2007. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly (TANZANIA)/File Photo

In this eleventh interview of the “17 Rooms” podcast, Lisa Dreier and David Obura discuss their efforts to develop a framework that can help local communities identify and catalyze systemic action that benefits people, ocean biodiversity, and ocean-based economic activities. Dreier, managing director of the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard and Obura, founding director for CORDIO East Africa, moderated Room 14 focused on Sustainable Development Goal number 14—on life below water—during the 2021 17 Rooms flagship process.

“17 Rooms” is a podcast about actions, insights, and community for the Sustainable Development Goals and the people driving them. The podcast is co-hosted by John McArthur—senior fellow and director of the Center for Sustainable Development at The Brookings Institution, and Zia Khan—senior vice president for innovation at The Rockefeller Foundation.

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