Mon24Feb2014Wed26Feb2014Half Moon Bay, CA, USA
The Economist continues its global ocean sustainability initiative with the 2nd World Ocean Summit. Taking place in San Francisco and chaired by Editor-in-Chief of The Economist, the summit will convene more than 200 global leaders from government, business, international organisations, NGOs, think-tanks and academia to continue the outcome driven dialogue first established at the 2012 summit.
Tue18Mar2014Fri21Mar2014San José, Costa Rica
Costa Rica will host the 4th Mesoamerican Congress on Protected Areas with the topic "From land to sea, linking people and ecosystems" organized by SINACC (Sistema Nacional de Areas de Conservacion) and CCAD (Comisión Centroamericana de Ambiente y Desarrollo).
The congress provides a space for academics, researchers and experts to present their findings and exchange experiences with a focus on the protection of marine ecosystems.
Official website (only in Spanish)
Tue22Apr2014Fri25Apr2014The Hague, Netherlands
The world faces one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century: how to feed 9 billion people by 2050 in the face of climate change, economic and financial contraction and the growing competition for natural resources. These multiple challenges require an integrated response and an urgent transition of the world economy towards a sustainable, inclusive and resource efficient path. Ocean health and productivity must be at the heart of global efforts to eradicate poverty, strengthen food security and build resistance to climate change.
This Summit will be a platform for showcasing global commitment to healthy oceans and to mobilize significant action at scale. More information will be available soon on the official website.
Tue22Apr2014Fri25Apr2014Nha Trang, Viet Nam
The WESTPAC 9th International Scientific Symposium entitled “A Healthy Ocean for Prosperity in the Western Pacific: Scientific Challenges and Possible Solutions” will be hosted by the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST), and organized by the Institute of Oceanography, the National IOC Committee for Vietnam and IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC).
The objectives of the Symposium are to bring together marine scientists in order to examine the achievements in marine sciences over the last 25 years and advancing marine scientific knowledge. This will support catalyzing multi- and cross-disciplinary collaboration towards the improvement in management practices and decision-making processes for sharing the wealth of the ocean to benefit all.
Wed14May2014Sat17May2014Manado - North Sulawesi, Indonesia
Under the topic "Coral Reef for Sustained Fisheries, Food Security and Eco-Friendly Business" the Indonesian Coordinating Ministry for People's Welfare, the Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries as well as the Provincial Government of North Sulawesi are inviting to the World Coral Reef Conference. Representatives from NGOs, academia and governments as well as researches and environmentalists will have room to
- Collect and formulate shared values, perception and purpose in the preservation and maintenance of coral reef ecosystems as a world heritage
- Inform on best practices, methods, approaches, knowledge, science and latest technology that is applied for coral reef resource utilization
- Share knowledge and experiences of local coral reef ecosystem management in order for it to be applied in other regions
Each year, the European Maritime Day welcomes Europe’s maritime community and policymakers to discuss, debate and exchange best practices. The 7th edition will be held in Bremen (Germany) on 19 and 20 May 2014 with a focus on innovation and maritime technologies. On the first day, the high-level plenary session will introduce the main political challenges of maritime innovation. The different aspects of this theme will be declined over the two days in three thematic sessions and about 20 workshops organised by maritime stakeholders. In addition to high-level sessions and stakeholder workshops, exhibitions, public happenings and networking events will be organised.
Wed21May2014Fri23May2014Cebu City, Philippines
The test training on “Integration of Ecosystem Services (IES) into coastal and marine development planning” is offered through the Blue Solutions Initiative. The training provides an introduction to coastal and marine ecosystem services, the linkages to sustainable development, and the role of the assessment and valuation of biodiversity and ecosystem services.
This training will enable participants to adopt an ecosystem service perspective to development, and to conduct a stepwise approach for systemically assessing, valuating and integrating ecosystem services into coastal and marine planning.
Tue27May2014Fri30May2014Cebu City, Philippines
The four-day Regional Forum provides a platform for practitioners and decision makers from Asia and the Pacific to exchange experiences and ‘solutions’ in marine and coastal management and governance. The aim is to enable mutual learning and support knowledge transfer, and to inspire practitioners and decision-makers to take action towards the implementation of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets of the CBD Strategic Plan in the marine and coastal realm.
The event is organized by the Blue Solutions Initiative, the Lighthouse Foundation and the World Future Council in cooperation with the Sustainable Ocean Initiative of the Secretariat of the CBD, and is hosted by the Government of the Philippines. The forum and its solution exchange will focus on three key themes:
- Local marine area management and governance
- Ecosystem approach to marine and fisheries management
- Ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction and adaptation
The Centre for Marine and Coastal Policy Research, Plymouth University hosts the 2nd Marine and Coastal Policy Forum, which will take place on 18-20th June 2014 in Plymouth, UK.
The event will provide an inclusive forum for policy-makers, policy-influencers, practitioners, regulators, and researchers to discuss contemporary issues surrounding the management of the marine and coastal environment. Topics of interest include, for example, 'Marine science-policy integration', 'Marine conservation and MPAs' as well as 'Marine ecosystem services and the ecosystem approach'.
The Society for Conservation Biology's International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC) brings together conservation professionals and students to develop new and powerful tools to further marine conservation science and policy, realizing that to conserve the world’s oceans one must go beyond science, and use it to inform policy and management, and ultimately to catalyze change.
The overall theme of the congress is 'Making Marine Science Matter' and will include discussions on (inter alia) the topics of 'sustainable fisheries and aquaculture', 'marine renewable and non-renewable energy' and 'advancing marine conservation through international treaties or communicating marine conservation'.
The 3rd International Conference on Small Island Developing States will focus the world's attention on a group of countries that remain a special case for sustainable development in view of their unique and particular vulnerabilities.
Mon06Oct2014Fri17Oct2014Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea
The 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will engage in a mid-term review of the implementation of the Strategic Plan and the Aichi targets. The theme of the meeting will be 'Biodiversity for Sustainable Development’.
Thu16Oct201418.15-19.45hHall C, Room 1 – CEE Meeting Room
Let’s learn from other’s successes – The solutioning approach
Blue Solutions invites to a side event at CBD COP12:
- Thursday, 16th October from 18:15 – 19:45h
- Hall C, Room 1 – CEE Meeting Room
Let´s not keep reinventing the wheel but learn from each other´s successes in the management and governance of our oceans and coasts.
The Blue Solutions Initiative acts as a global knowledge platform to collate and share knowledge about what works and to enhance capacities in order to enable scaling of success in marine management and support creation of evidence-based innovation.
The side event will introduce the initiative and its “solution-ing” approach to distilling key success factors of solutions on management and governance of marine and coastal areas, defining how they work in their unique context and how they can be adapted to new circumstances.
IUCN and their partners Parks Australia and the New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service organize the congress under the theme Parks, People, Planet – Inspiring Solutions.
The Congress will advance an ambitious agenda that will inspire solutions for today's most pressing global challenges. As a prestigious global gathering of protected area leaders and professionals and the wider cross-section of society, with a legacy of collaboration and innovation, this World Parks Congress promises to build a dynamic foundation for achieving conservation and development goals for the decade to come.
The first MARES Conference on Marine Ecosystems Health and Conservation will be held in Olhão, Portugal from November 17th to 21st 2014 . The conference is an initiative from the MARES Doctoral Program - a joint international thematic doctoral programme initiated in 2010 with young scientists actively conducting research focused on the impacts of human activities on marine ecosystems.
This conference will bring together scientists from different levels and disciplines to discuss and address issues about marine ecosystems health and conservation. The conference will be dynamic, mixing oral presentations, round table discussions and poster and digital objects sessions.