The subject of governing oceanic systems and coastlines is moving into the center of European strategic and sustainability interests. Yet, it suffers from a high degree of fragmentation and the lack of a cross-scalar approach to addressing prevailing policy shortcomings. The COST Action "Ocean Governance for Sustainability - Challenges, Options and the Role of Science - OceanGov" comprises a vision, and a series of approaches that informs research and future policy directions on crosscutting sustainability-driven issues related to the fragmented governance framework of oceans, seas and coastlines within regional- and open ocean-waters, in areas beyond national jurisdiction.
The conference therefore aims at conceptualizing ‘Ocean Governance for Sustainability’ by looking at the realities and practices of ocean governance in the following six thematic fields:
- Land-Sea Interactions
- Area-based Management
- Seabed Resource Management
- Nutrition Security and Food Systems
- Ocean Climate and Acidification
- Fisheries Governance
More information here.
The 2nd international conference on Marine/Maritime Spatial Planning will take place from 15-17 March 2017 in the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France. Key points of the agenda are the worldwide status and trends of MSP as well as the engagement of stakeholders in that process. As MSP is a mean to achieve global ocean governance goals cross-border cooperation and science-based applications are very important aiming towards a sustainable blue growth.
The first Oceania Ecosystem Services Forum aims to celebrate the vibrant Region of Oceania, and bring together all sectors of society to identify innovative was to use nature-based solutions to address Oceania’s most pressing challenges.
Conservation is too often seen as a crisis discipline, one in which bad news predominates. Although nature is facing huge challenges, we feel there are many positive stories out there where conservation has made a difference to people’s lives and to the status of wild nature. Progress, at the moment, tends to be overshadowed by negativity. It may well be happening, but it can be slow-burning, local and less immediately obvious than the sometimes overwhelming challenges faced. We believe this is counter-productive. Budding and perennial conservationists need to feel inspired and continue in the profession, not put off by pessimism. The public, businesses and government need to know that their actions can make a difference. With this summit, we aim to reframe the conservation movement by celebrating positive thinking in conservation, and putting forward a road map for change towards an optimistic and forward-thinking future. We believe being optimistic doesn’t underestimate the challenges faced in conservation, but it can help us to learn from both success and failure and move forward.
Fri21Apr2017Sun23Apr2017Washington, D.C., USA
The global conservation movement has reached a turning point. We have documented the fast pace of habitat loss, the growing number of endangered and extinct species, and the increasing speed of global climate change. Yet while the seriousness of these threats cannot be denied, there are a growing number of examples of improvements in the health of species and ecosystems, along with benefits to human well-being, thanks to our conservation actions. Earth Optimism celebrates a change in focus from problem to solution, from a sense of loss to one of hope, in the dialogue about conservation and sustainability.
Conference series LLC invites all the members of ecological family, from all over the world to join and share research at the '6th International Conference on Biodiversity and Conservation' during 27th & 28th April, 2017 at Dubai, UAE which includes prompt keynote presentations, plenary talks, oral talks, poster presentations and exhibitions.
Theme: “Variety of Species Innovates Variety of Research”
Biodiversity 2017 is providing a global platform to discuss and learn about our own ecology and its associated fields like evolution of species, plant & animal biodiversity, biodiversity management and its conservation, fauna & flora, biodiversity & food security, conservation of endangered species, marine biodiversity, forestry and sustainable energy development.
Wed17May2017Thu18May2017Yogyakarta (Java), Indonesia
The 41st Annual Conference of the Center for Oceans Law and Policy will convene under the theme, ‘The Marine Environment and UN Sustainable Development Goal 14'. Through Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14, the international community agreed to aim to "conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development."
Mon05Jun2017Fri09Jun2017New York City, USA
This high-level UN Conference, co-hosted by the Governments of Fiji and Sweden, will coincide with the World Oceans Day, and seeks to to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development).
World Oceans Day is a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future. This year's theme is “Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet” and individuals and organizations across the planet are taking action for prevention of plastic pollution in our ocean.
World Oceans Day has grown tremendously each year since The Ocean Project started coordinating it in 2002. With hundreds of partners involved, and the United Nations officially recognizing June 8 as World Oceans Day in 2008, we have reached millions worldwide.
The CMT is widely considered the world's foremost congress related to tourism and recreation in coastal and marine environments and is attended by academics, students and practitioners from around the world. The congresses offer opportunities for the presentation and publication of refereed and working papers, as well as posters. A strong feature of the congresses is the supportive and collegial atmosphere where students are particularly encouraged to engage and contribute to the field. CMT is the official congress of the International Costal and Marine Tourism Society (ICMTS).
Stockholm Resilience Centre together with the Resilience Alliance are excited to welcome you to the upcoming Resilience 2017 conference in Stockholm. Following previous Resilience conferences, held on triennial basis since 2008, Resilience 2017 will discuss resilience as a key lens for biosphere-based sustainability science. It will reflect back on the scientific progress made, and to set out exciting future directions for research. A main focus will be on global sustainability challenges and opportunities, which today are heavily influenced by the speed, scale and connectivity of the Anthropocene. Read more about our take on resilience here.
Mon04Sep2017Fri08Sep2017La Serena-Coquimbo, Chile
Marine Protected Areas are extremely dynamic and energetic environments where humans meet the ocean. Fishing, aquaculture, tourism, recreation, navigation, sailing and scientific research are just a few of the activities that take place in MPAs. Given the complex nature of MPAs, participants from multidisciplinary backgrounds will reconvene in La Serena, Chile for IMPAC4, an international conference with a program that covers a wide array of topics, including management tools, conservation biology, ecology, fisheries, climate change, monitoring, enforcement, community development, communications, education, business administration, and much more!
During four full days, plus an initial welcome evening, recent activities and trends in MPA management and science will be presented and discussed. A more detailed program will be available soon once principal topics and streams have been defined.
More information on the official website.
Mon30Oct2017Sat04Nov2017Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
The Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA), the Institute of Marine Science (IMS) and the Department of Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries (DASF) [both of the University of Dar es Salaam] and the Tanzania Fisheries Institute (TAFIRI) are pleased to announce the Tenth WIOMSA Scientific Symposium which will be held in Dar es Salaam on the 30 October – 4 November 2017.
The Symposium will bring together practitioners, academics, researchers and students to share knowledge, experience and solutions to the challenges experienced in our coastal and marine environment. The specific objectives of the symposium are to:
- Present current knowledge on disciplines related to the theme of the symposium;
- Provide a forum for discussion and exchange of information and experiences on coastal and marine science issues in the western Indian Ocean region;
- Promote interaction among social and natural scientists in order to strengthen multi- and trans-disciplinary research for sustainable management of the coastal and marine environment;
- Identify gaps and priority research areas for improved management of the coastal and marine environment of the western Indian Ocean region.
Contributions from all relevant scientific disciplines are welcome at this multidisciplinary symposium.
More information here.