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.
More information here.