The ocean plays a vital role in all three pillars of sustainable development and is an essential component of the post-2015 development agenda. The ocean and seas covers 70% of the Earth’s surface area, host the largest connected ecosystem and plays a central role in climate stability, oxygen generation, nutrient cycling, food production and coastal protection. Coastal ecosystems provide significant ecosystem services which themselves rely on healthy levels of biological diversity. They partially support about 75% of the global population, which resides in the wider coastal margins. The fraction is estimated to grow over the coming decades. Moreover the majority of the world’s mega-cities are located in coastal regions. Thus growing fraction of the world’s population is dependent on the ocean for transportation of goods, for food supply through fisheries and aquaculture, particularly in developing countries. New uses are the generation of renewable energy, mining of materials and a growing demand for coastal and ocean tourism. The legal framework for the high seas, in particular the area beyond national jurisdiction, might need to be enhanced to allow for effective governance and implementation of a global sustainable development agenda.
The Symposium will bring together scientists and practitioners concerned with sustainable ocean development. Early career scientists and established experts from a broad range of disciplines will exchange their views on: Ocean sustainability, ocean conservation, ocean resources, ocean governance and outreach & arts.
Sun22Mar2015Fri27Mar2015Colombo, Sri Lanka
This Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) workshop is part of a series of regional workshops the Secretariat is organizing to facilitate the description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs) through the application of the scientific criteria in decision IX/20, annex I as well as scientific guidance on the identification of marine areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ). The workshop will bring together scientific and technical experts to analyze biological and ecological data and information on marine ecosystems, habitats and species, and geological, physical or oceanographic data. Participants are expected to produce a regional workshop report on areas meeting EBSA criteria for consideration by the CBD's Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA). A Training Session on EBSAs will precede the workshop on 22 March 2015.
Mon23Mar2015Fri27Mar2015Santos City, Brazil
The strong linkage between ocean dynamics and societal needs, underlined by the role of science, represents the background for a series of climate change meetings coordinated by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), the North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO).
The Third International Symposium on the Effects of Climate Change on the World’s Oceans will be held in Santos (Brazil) by invitation of the Oceanographic Institute of the University of São Paulo (IOUSP) demonstrating the engagement and commitment of Brazil to the recommendations of the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20. This symposium will provide opportunities for the international science community to bring the latest information, understanding and assessment of the impacts of climate change on our oceans. Twelve sessions covering different but interconnected themes have been selected, from physical processes and their interaction with ecosystem dynamics, to resource provision and ocean governance. The latest developments in predicting changes in biodiversity, phenology, fisheries and ecosystems as well as in the physical systems that sustains these, will inform discussions on the risks and opportunities that climate change will bring to coastal communities and to society at large. The symposium will also highlight knowledge gaps to stimulate the development of the new generation of science of climate change impacts on our oceans.
The Blue Solution Initiative invites you to the Regional Forum on Solutions for Oceans, Coasts and Human Wellbeing in Latin America and the Wider Caribbean Region taking place from 14 – 17 April 2015 in Cancún, Mexico.
The four-day Regional Forum provides a platform for Latin American and Wider Caribbean Region practitioners and decision-makers involved in marine and coastal development planning, management and governance to
- Enable mutual learning and support knowledge transfer on experiences and ‘blue solutions’.
- Inspire participants and facilitate the adaptation of successful experiences towards the implementation of sustainable solutions in marine and coastal contexts.
The Forum will be structured around the following three themes:
- Coastal and marine spatial planning and Management
- Sustainable finance and ecosystem services
- Climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction
Each of the thematic sessions will be opened by an introductory presentation to frame the discussions. Content will be provided by so-called solution providers (practitioners or decision-makers in marine and coastal management) who are willing to share their success stories focusing on “what works why and how”. During a “solution-ing” exercise, these presented success cases will provide a basis to tackle challenges of “solution seekers” looking for inspiration in addressing issues in their own work contexts.
Around 100 participants are expected to participate in the Regional Forum on Solutions for Oceans, Coasts and Human Wellbeing in Latin America and the Wider Caribbean Region. Should you wish to participate and share your blue solution, please contact the organization team. Participants from the region who are willing to share their success stories (“solution providers”) in regard to one of the three key themes will have priority.
The Regional Forum will be officially held in Spanish and English with simultaneous translation. If required, French translation can be arranged.
Please contact Janina Korting (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is convening this Regional Workshop to 'Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs) in the North-West Indian Ocean and Adjacent Gulf Areas'. The workshop will be hosted by the Ministry of Environment and Water of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and is being convened in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Office West Asia (ROWA) and the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Office – Abu Dhabi, among others.
This Symposium will aim to “bring ocean observations to users”. It will coordinate ocean-related tasks within the Group on Earth Observations (GEO); discuss implementation of ocean observation systems; and raise awareness of the societal benefits of ocean observations to the broader community, particularly donors and policymakers. The symposium will be organized according to the Blue Planet Components: Sustained Ocean Observations; Sustained Ecosystems and Food Security; Ocean Forecasting and Services; Services for the Coastal Zone; Ocean Climate and Carbon; and Developing Capacity and Social Awareness. It will include a particular focus on observations in the Asia-Pacific region, linking observations to societal benefits, such as for small island developing States (SIDS) and coastal environments and the blue economy. GEO coordinates Blue Planet's work and is composed of 90 member nations, the European Commission (EC) and over 70 participating organizations.
The conference will bring together internationally renowned and regional experts to enable them to share their knowledge and expertise on the latest developments in the field with local Hong Kong experts and environmental practitioners from academia, government, NGOs and the private sector. The specific objectives of this conference are:
- To provide a platform for knowledge transfer and idea exchange;
- To foster local, regional and international collaborations in research and development among scientists, environmental consultants, policy makers and governmental officers engaging in the field of marine biodiversity, ecology and conservation;
- To identify knowledge gaps and prioritize emerging research areas in the field;
- To train young scientists and environmental practitioners;
- To solicit expert advice and share experiences on some of the pressing practical issues in relation to marine biodiversity conservation and fisheries management in HK.
- Geopolitics of the oceans
- Maritime governance
- Social Relations and Culture
- Fisheries management
- Knowledge production
- Coastal threats and vulnerability
Presentation of papers, posters and other visual materials (documentary films, small exhibitions) is possible.
Also possibility to host a panel.
Deadline for proposals: 31 January 2015
Biodiversity studies, including ecology, physiology, behaviour, taxonomy/ phylogeny, aquiculture, conservation and management issues, data-bases.
All types of organisms and coastal environments (marine-brackish-freshwater and adjacent terrestrial systems), integrative approaches, data-handling techniques.
The Aquatic Biodiversity and Ecosystems meeting is a conference for aquatic scientists (both marine and freshwater) with a focus on evolution, interactions and long-term change - particularly how these shape patterns of biodiversity and the relationships between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. The scope is deliberately broad encompassing natural and highly modified habitats in both marine and freshwater aquatic systems. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology are the key focus, but the meeting also caters for an interdisciplinary approach to studying and managing aquatic ecosystems, especially unravelling local and regional scale impacts from global climate driven change!
The 4th international conference on “Progress in Marine Conservation in Europe 2015” offers a regular international forum for discussions on currently important marine conservation issues in Europe with occasional examples from beyond. The conference invites a wide range of participants and organizations such as international conventions and agreements, policy makers, conservation managers, scientists and inter- and non-governmental organizations.
International experts will discuss emerging issues and new research results, and identify promising approaches to proceed in marine nature conservation in Europe. The intended presentations will focus on:
- Current status of the implementation of MPA and EBSA networks;
- Current protection status and new research results on threatened or declining marine species and habitats like sharks and rays, whales, deep sea species, seamounts and hydrothermal vents or other benthic habitats;
- Anthropogenic impacts on the marine environment and their management with focus on fisheries, e.g. management measures alternative fishing gear, and on the effects of offshore windfarms;
- Marine nature conservation in marine policy: the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD); Marine Spatial Planning; the economic value of ecosystem services;
- New research and marine monitoring methods like digital aerial survey or sediment and benthic mapping.
The conference is hosted by the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) in cooperation with the German Oceanographic Museum / OZEANEUM.
Further information on the website of the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation.
Transformations are often discussed as necessary to achieve a just society that thrives within planetary boundaries. The conference "Transformations2015" will focus on transformations to sustainability: the challenge of solving problems in the Anthropocene and creating conditions for good lives for people, today and in the future, while strengthening Earth's life support system.
The conference will gather people from various disciplines around the world to share cutting-edge research on transformations to sustainability and through a Science MashUp explore the research frontiers in this developing field. The conference aims to build a better understanding of large-scale systems change and fundamental changes in people-planet relationships that can have an impact at scales that match the problems of the Anthropocene.
Setting targets and limits for long-term fisheries management is at the core of ICES work as well as of highest priority in fisheries management research. The implementation of the MSY approach, the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management and the upcoming European Landing Obligation has forced fisheries scientists to turn to advising on the setting of targets for ecosystems rather than single species. To provide decision-makers with sufficient information, reliable information on the effect of setting specified targets and limits is required. To produce this information, an integrated, interdisciplinary understanding of the structure, dynamics and response of marine ecosystems to change is required as is the relationship between fishing activities and marine ecosystems. By targeting a global international audience, the symposium will promote the exchange of knowledge on these topics both within ICES and between ICES and other international organizations such as the FAO and PICES.
The SOS is the only international, multi-sectoral, business event dedicated to “Corporate Ocean Responsibility”. This first SOS to be held in Asia, the 2015 event is being developed in collaboration with stakeholders in Singapore, Hong Kong and responsible business leadership companies from around the world. SOS 2015 is uniquely designed to bring together leadership companies from the diverse Ocean Business Community as well as ocean stakeholders from the government, inter-governmental, academic and environment communities. The SOS will address critical issues for cross-sectoral ocean industry leadership and collaboration, including: ocean policy and governance; the Arctic; marine biodiversity; ocean planning; ocean industry data collection; biofouling and invasive species; marine sound; marine debris and port reception facilities; marine mammal interactions; the role of finance, insurance and legal sectors in responsible ocean use.
The focus of the symposium will be on integration and assessment across multiple uses and sectors, including fisheries, renewables, coastal development, oil and gas, transport and conservation, and in particular on the methodological and empirical challenges involved in including the human dimension in integrated assessments. It will be truly multi-disciplinary bringing together experts in ecology, modelling, economics, sociology, and marine policy, law and governance.
The aim of the symposium will be to consider existing and proposed research on marine socio-ecological systems and review and identify future strategic research needs.
The thematic structure may include sessions covering areas such as:
- Coupled biophysical and socio-economic modelling
- Behavioural analysis and modelling
- Trans-disciplinary methods including how to facilitate the participatory inclusion of stakeholders
- Decision support tools
- Monitoring and performance Evaluation
More information here.
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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