On behalf of the ICRI Secretariat, the Governments of Japan and the Philippines will co-host the 5th International Tropical Marine Ecosystem Management Symposium (ITMEMS) in Bohol, Philippines from 25-28 February 2016. ITMEMS 5 is organized in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
Following ITMEMS4’s example, ITMEMS5 will be designed to achieve focused consideration of tropical marine ecosystem management issues in the local context, and will provide a forum for experiential learning, peer group interaction, mentoring and professional development among coastal and marine managers and their partners. The sessions and topics to be addressed include:
- Resilience-based management
- Marine Spatial Planning in Practice - Learning from common challenges and enabling conditions
- Fisheries management
- Sustainable reef tourism (Green Fins)
- Ecological valuation
- Marine conservation finance
Official website: http://www.icriforum.org/ITMEMS5
The twentieth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 20) and the first meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will be held back to back, in Montreal, Canada.
More information here.
Understanding marine socio-ecological systems: including the human dimension in Integrated Ecosystem Assessments
The focus of the symposium will be on integration and assessment across multiple ocean uses and sectors, including: fisheries, renewable energy, coastal development, oil and gas, transport, and conservation.
There will be a particular emphasis on the methodological and empirical challenges involved in including human dimensions in integrated ecosystem assessments.
The symposium will be global in scope, with a focus on regions in which integrated ocean management policies have been developing in the last two decades.
The four-day Regional Forum provides a platform for African practitioners and decision-makers involved in marine and coastal planning, management and governance for sustainable development to:
- Enable mutual learning and support knowledge transfer on experiences.
- Inspire participants and facilitate the adaptation of successful experiences towards the implementation of sustainable solutions in marine and coastal contexts.
Find more information on the forum as well as an application form here.
Sun19Jun2016Fri24Jun2016Honolulu, Hawai'i, USA
The 13th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS) will be held at the Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu, Hawaii on 19- 24 June 2016. The ICRS, sanctioned by the International Society for Reef Studies (ISRS) and held every four years, is the primary international meeting focused on coral reef science and management. The Symposium will bring together an anticipated 2,500 coral reef scientists, policy makers and managers from 70 different nations in a forum to present the latest research findings, case histories and management activities, and to discuss the application of scientific knowledge to achieving coral reef sustainability.
Sat30Jul2016Wed03Aug2016St. John's, New Foundland and Labrador, Canada
To conserve the world’s oceans we must go beyond science, and use it to inform policy and management, and ultimately to catalyze change. The Society for Conservation Biology's International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC) brings together conservation professionals and students to develop new and powerful tools to further marine conservation science and policy.
IMCCs are organized by the Marine Section of the Society for Conservation Biology.
Thu01Sep2016Sat10Sep2016Honolulu, Hawai'i, USA
Held every four years, the Congress brings together leaders from government, the public sector, non-governmental organizations, business, UN agencies and indigenous and grass-roots organizations to discuss and decide on solutions to the world’s most pressing environment and development challenges.
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The thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 13), the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP-MOP 8), and the second meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (COP-MOP 2), will be held back-to-back, in Los Cabos, Mexico.
The Triennial Oceans & Seas Global Conferences are planned to be held respectively in 2017, 2020, 2023, 2026 and 2029, with the intention of holding the conferences in five different geographical regions over the course of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
At the first conference, currently scheduled to be held from the 5th to the 9th of June 2017 in Fiji, the intention is to organize proceedings into five clusters relating to marine pollution, ecosystems, fisheries, climate change effects and oceans governance. These clusters break down further into strands that comprehensively cover all aspects of SDG 14. For example under marine pollution there are strands relating to land-based polluting activities, nutrient pollution, and marine debris. The fisheries cluster obviously includes strands of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, subsidies, destructive fishing, marine protected areas, and so on. All of these separate strands will be intricately interwoven into the complex net of SDG14’s ambition.
The intention is for the conferences to be inclusive of the world ocean community as a whole. Member States, UN entities, IGOs, NGOs, CSOs, and the knowledge and business communities, are all expected to participate. If SDG14 is going to succeed, and succeed it must, we have to harness the best knowledge, solutions, energies, economic resources and political will that humanity can put forward.
More info here.