The Sustainable Oceans Lab gathers 30 leaders and change agents from government, business and civil society from 5 continents and 17 countries. Over the course of one year, the lab team met in Germany, Mexico and South Africa. The lab team has developed key initiatives that test new solutions for the sustainable management of our oceans. This video presents the impacts and results of the Sustainable Oceans Lab. Selected participants describe their experiences with the lab, point out the impacts and highlight benefits the lab provides to them.
IOM Note: “Integrated Oceans Management” – Bringing together Sectors and Stakeholders, for healthy Ocean and Sustainable Development”
The sustainable management of marine ecosystems involves a multitude of stakeholders, across various sectors. The vastness of the ocean and the potentially diverging interests of stakeholders involved – including different government departments, the private business sector and civil society – are not necessarily reflected in ‘traditional’, sector-based regulation and management mechanisms. This poses a challenge to an efficient use of ocean resources, and the conservation of its ecological integrity and functioning.
Twenty-five participants from civil society, government and business communities came together in the third meeting of the Sustainable Oceans Lab (see here for the first meeting, and background; and for the second meeting). Representing diverse multi-stakeholder initiatives in 17 countries and 6 continents, the Lab team completed a one-year social lab for innovation and leadership, seeking sustainable development solutions to common challenges in the marine and coastal. This third meeting took place in Cape Town, South Africa, from 16th to 19th February.
In the course of the Sustainable Oceans Lab, Lab members both developed their capacity to effectively lead complex change initiatives and bring diverse and divergent interests of the oceans system into dialogue, and developed new solutions to collaboratively address global oceans management challenges.
30 participants from civil society, government and business communities came together in the second meeting of the Sustainable Oceans Lab (see here for the first meeting, and background). Representing diverse multi-stakeholder initiatives in 17 countries and 6 continents, the Lab team worked together to find innovative sustainable development solutions to common challenges they face in their own initiatives. The meeting took place south of Cancun, Mexico, from the 23rd to 28th of August.
Sustainable Oceans Lab Webinar Series
Within the framework of the Sustainable Oceans Lab the Lab Team is organizing a webinar series to provide an opportunity for deepening technical discussions amongst members and to learn about each other´s experiences from different sectors and regions. The online seminars are based on input talks giving by Lab Team members, and followed by discussions amongst the audience.
The series started on June 10th with a talk of Alison Undorf-Lay from New Zealand. Alison is Sanford Limited senior executive and in her position, she works along the company’s fishing, farming and processing divisions on policy, regulatory, law reform and social licensing. During her presentation (“An exchange of confidence – using your sustainability audit to strengthen social license”) see shed a light on the philosophy of sustainability, on how to create trust within a large fishing company and with its stakeholders and the public, and how to improve business through advancing sustainability.
On June 17th David Freestone, Executive Secretary of the Sargasso Sea Commission, gave a presentation on “Problems of High Seas Governance”. David explained the challenges that the legal framework and responsible bodies for high seas governance are facing. He touched topics like law enforcement, overlapping authorities and a potential new treaty on Biodiversity of the High Seas in the framework of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
The next webinar will be offered in September after the second meeting of the Lab Team that will be held in Mexico (August 2015). The presentation is about “Responsibly operating in sensitive areas: an oil and gas industry approach”, and will be given by Wouter Drinkwaard, Biodiversity & Ecosystem Service Advisor, Shell.