Protecting the oceans is good for more than just fish and coral—it’s good for the economy as well, say environmental advocates at the group Conservation International. Protecting resources such as coral reefs, mangroves and seagrasses, they argue, can have significant economic impact on both local communities and the world as a whole. In this segment, Ira talks with Peter Seligmann, chairman of Conservation International, and with Philippe Cousteau Jr. about the connections between ocean policy, the environment, and the economy. What should be the focal points of ocean policy in the coming year?
Peter Seligmann is the co-founder, chair, and CEO Conservation International, based in Arlington, Virginia.