Written by Ronja Schmidt, Blue Solutions Initiative
2017 is hoped to be a game changer for the ocean. For the first time, the United Nations will hold a conference, co-hosted by the governments of Fiji and Sweden, dedicated to the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
Our activities at a glance:
- Blue Solutions Corner – 5 to 9 June 2017
- Side Event: Capacity Development Solutions for Managing, Protecting, Conserving and Restoring Marine and Coastal Ecosystems – 7 June 2017, 9.00 AM to 10.30 AM
- Side Event: Capacity Development for Sustainable Ocean Governance. Lessons Learned from Academia, Policy and Practice – 8 June 2017, 10.00 AM to 12.00 PM, register for the event
- Side Event: Blue Solutions Marketplace – 8 June 2017, 1.15 PM to 2.45 PM, register for the Event
From 5 to 9 June 2017, practitioners and decision-makers from governments, UN agencies, non-governmental organizations, academia, civil society and financial institutions will come together in UN headquarters New York, where the ocean takes centre-stage. A wide range of side events, plenary meetings and partnership dialogues aims to reverse the decline in the health of our ocean by building partnerships, sharing experiences and identifying strategies for a successful implementation of SDG 14.
Blue Solutions is constantly working towards this goal and will be an active participant at the Ocean Conference. The initiative is involved in several projects in the marine and coastal realm. As a contributing partner, the Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) and the International Climate Initiative (IKI) by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) mention Blue Solutions in their voluntary commitments, which will be included in the final report of the Conference.
Key elements of our work such as capacity development activities, or inspiring solutions will be featured in different events throughout the conference:
Blue Solutions Corner
Mon 5 June – Fri 9 June, all day in the lobby of the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations, 871 United Nations Plaza
Learn about inspiring success stories and find out about trainings for the sustainable management of marine resources. Explore marine and coastal solutions live on the online platform PANORAMA – Solutions for a healthy planet and discuss how solutions can be re-adapted in new contexts.
Science Espresso – Sustainable finance of Seascapes
Mon 5 June, 3.15 – 3.45 PM in the Mezzanine of the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations, 871 United Nations Plaza
Speaker: Keith Lawrence, Conservation International
Bird´s Head Seascape serves as an inspiring example of community-based conservation at scale. The unique finance architecture will be introduced and discussed how it can be of relevance to other initiatives.
Science Espresso – Cross-boundary marine protected area management
Mon 5 June, 3.45 – 4.15 PM in the Mezzanine of the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations, 871 United Nations Plaza
Speaker: Puri Canals, MedPAN
Experiences and lessons learned of cross-boundary marine protected area management from the Mediterranean.
Science Espresso – Special places in our oceans – What are EBSAs and what is the use of describing them?
Mon 5 June, 4.15 – 4.45 PM in the Mezzanine of the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations, 871 United Nations Plaza
Speaker: Henning von Nordheim, BfN, David Johnson, GOBI
What are ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs) and what are they not? What are scientific criteria for identifying EBSAs? What is the process for describing EBSAs? What is the status of the EBSA process? What are the benefits of the EBSA work?
Science Espresso – Locally Managed Marine Areas
Mon 5 June, 4.45 – 5.15 PM in the Mezzanine of the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations, 871 United Nations Plaza
Speaker: Alifereti Tawake, LMMA Network
Experiences from the Pacific of community initiated and governed marine areas: enabling factors and challenges in scaling LMMAs.
Capacity Development Solutions for Managing, Protecting, Conserving and Restoring Marine and Coastal Ecosystems
Wed 7 June, 9.00 – 10.30 AM in Conference Room B, United Nations Headquarters
The event focuses on capacity development for ocean acidification research and monitoring in Small Island Developing States
Capacity Development for Sustainable Ocean Governance. Lessons Learned from Academia, Policy and Practice
Thu 8 June, 10.00 AM to 12.00 PM in the Auditorium of the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations, 871 United Nations Plaza
The event offers a dialogue- and joint learning platform, showcasing capacity development efforts that target the individual, organizational as well as policy-making levels for sustainable management and the use of the ocean and its resources.
Blue Solutions Market Place – Learning from each other’s experiences
Thu 8 June, 1.15 – 2.45 PM in the Auditorium of the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations, 871 United Nations Plaza
Learn about inspiring success stories from around the world, documented as ‘blue solutions’. In this side event, we will showcase the approach to share, promote, and readapt solutions with solution providers from Australia, Brazil, the Seychelles, and Vietnam. Supporters may pledge a contribution to the implementation of adapted solutions in new settings.