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!
MSP Training Course Development
The Blue Solutions Initiative is developing an open-source training course on Marine & Coastal Planning. From 9 to 11 September selected MSP experts and practitioners from all over the world will discuss and evolve the draft concept, integrating “real-life” examples and key findings on challenges, enabling factor and barriers of MSP into the training.
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.
ICES Annual Science Conference 2015: an exciting weeklong forum that brings together an international community of marine scientists, socio-economists, and students.
ICES welcomes all interested scientists, policy- and decision-makers, those who work with marine ecosystems, stakeholders, representatives from interested organizations and industry to join the discussions on science for sustainable seas.
More information here.
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.
Sustainable Ocean Summit
The Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS) is the only global, multi-sectoral platform for leadership companies and organizations to advance the development and implementation of industry-driven solutions to ocean sustainability challenges. With Singapore celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015 and continuing to advance its significant role in the global maritime economy, SOS 2015 will bring together the diverse ocean business community to plan for the next 50 years of Blue Growth, a sustainable ocean economy and responsible ocean business opportunities.
Mon09Nov2015Fri13Nov2015Stellenbosch, South Africa
The 8th World ESP conference will be held in South Africa from 9-13 November 2015. The central theme is ‘Ecosystem Services for Nature, People and Prosperity’. The conference will pay special attention to the public and private sector dialogue on how the ecosystem services concept can be used to support conservation, improve livelihoods and engage the business community.
Especially delegates from businesses are encouraged to attend the ESP conference in order to discuss challenges and opportunities in using the concept of ecosystem services to achieve conservation and sustainable use of our ‘natural capital’ within a market-context. The conference will provide an excellent platform to engage with experts who can generate solutions to these challenges and start making a difference in practice.
More info here.
Under the theme "Global Targets - Local Benefits: Setting the Sustainable Development Agenda for the Seas of East Asia beyond 2015" the EAS Congress 2015 will serve as a platform for assessing lessons learned and progress made, scaling up good practices and initiatives towards building an ocean-based blue economy, and mapping new targets and schedule for the East Asian Region in accordance with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and other international committments.
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.