The MARES Consortium and EuroMarine Network organizes this second Mares Conference on Marine Ecosystems Health and Conservation. The international conference is expected to attract around 200 attendees from across the world, with strong representation from the European region. It presents a unique opportunity to bring together marine researchers, scientists, educators, and policymakers to address the main issues regarding the impact of human activities on the natural marine environment. The conference will be dynamic and innovative, by providing a mixture of oral presentations, scientific exhibitions and training workshops.
On behalf of the ICRI Secretariat, the Governments of Japan and the Philippines will co-host the 5th International Tropical Marine Ecosystem Management Symposium (ITMEMS) in Bohol, Philippines from 25-28 February 2016. ITMEMS 5 is organized in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
Following ITMEMS4’s example, ITMEMS5 will be designed to achieve focused consideration of tropical marine ecosystem management issues in the local context, and will provide a forum for experiential learning, peer group interaction, mentoring and professional development among coastal and marine managers and their partners. The sessions and topics to be addressed include:
- Resilience-based management
- Marine Spatial Planning in Practice - Learning from common challenges and enabling conditions
- Fisheries management
- Sustainable reef tourism (Green Fins)
- Ecological valuation
- Marine conservation finance
Official website: http://www.icriforum.org/ITMEMS5
The twentieth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 20) and the first meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will be held back to back, in Montreal, Canada.
More information here.
Understanding marine socio-ecological systems: including the human dimension in Integrated Ecosystem Assessments
The focus of the symposium will be on integration and assessment across multiple ocean uses and sectors, including: fisheries, renewable energy, coastal development, oil and gas, transport, and conservation.
There will be a particular emphasis on the methodological and empirical challenges involved in including human dimensions in integrated ecosystem assessments.
The symposium will be global in scope, with a focus on regions in which integrated ocean management policies have been developing in the last two decades.
The four-day Regional Forum provides a platform for African practitioners and decision-makers involved in marine and coastal planning, management and governance for sustainable development to:
- Enable mutual learning and support knowledge transfer on experiences.
- Inspire participants and facilitate the adaptation of successful experiences towards the implementation of sustainable solutions in marine and coastal contexts.
Find more information on the forum as well as an application form here.
Sun19Jun2016Fri24Jun2016Honolulu, Hawai'i, USA
The 13th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS) will be held at the Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu, Hawaii on 19- 24 June 2016. The ICRS, sanctioned by the International Society for Reef Studies (ISRS) and held every four years, is the primary international meeting focused on coral reef science and management. The Symposium will bring together an anticipated 2,500 coral reef scientists, policy makers and managers from 70 different nations in a forum to present the latest research findings, case histories and management activities, and to discuss the application of scientific knowledge to achieving coral reef sustainability.
Thu23Jun2016Fri24Jun2016Ponta Delgada, Azores
The “Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) Worldwide” conference will be held on 23 - 24 June 2016 at the University of the Azores, Ponta Delgada, Azores. This is the sixth conference of the MSP stakeholder series offered by the European Commission Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE).
The conference will present experiences, opportunities and challenges of MSP implementation around the world. In particular it will look at how MSP can advance Blue Growth world-wide, its potential to promote climate change solutions, as well as at the role of area-based management regimes in international waters. The main purpose is to take stock of what is being done at the international level and identify potential synergies as well as possible contributions from European MSP processes.
The conference organizers look forward to participation from the global MSP community. For enquiries about the event, please contact MSP-Azores@ecorys.com.
The international AQUACROSS Forum on Ecosystem-based Management of Freshwater, Coastal, and Marine Ecosystems – Insights for Innovation from Science, Policy, and Businesswill take place in Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Spain from June 27th to 28th, 2016.
The Forum is organised by the EU Horizon 2020 research project AQUACROSS: Knowledge, Assessment, and Management for Aquatic Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services across EU policies. It is hosted by IMDEA Water research foundation.
The aim of the Forum is to bring together scientists, policy makers, and members of the business community engaged in innovative solutions to discuss cross-cutting topics related to aquatic ecosystems and opportunities for ecosystem-based management. An interactive multi-stakeholder panel discussion will be held with key leaders and experts who will share their views and provide feedback on experiences in assessing, managing, and even using freshwater, coastal, and marine ecosystems.
Sat30Jul2016Wed03Aug2016St. John's, New Foundland and Labrador, Canada
To conserve the world’s oceans we must go beyond science, and use it to inform policy and management, and ultimately to catalyze change. 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.
IMCCs are organized by the Marine Section of the Society for Conservation Biology.
Thu01Sep2016Sat10Sep2016Honolulu, Hawai'i, USA
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.
WCO-2016 will be held during November 4-6, 2016 in Qingdao, China. WCO-2016 plans to shoot for 100+ oral presentations in the frontier of Oceanology, Ocean Economy & Energy, Maritime Law, Marine Environment, Smart Digital Ocean, Coastal and Ocean Engineering, Green Shipping and Marine Transportation, Seawater Desalination from experts, academicians, senior scientists, industry executives and project leaders. Each speaker shall be entitled to no more than 20 minutes for the speech, plus 5 minutes for questions. WCO has been created to benefit industry professionals, and the program includes specific topical industry sessions, which will be very informative and practical.
The Ocean & Climate Forum will be held on November 11 2016, in the Civil Society Green Zone, during the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) COP22 in Marrakesh, Morocco. It is hosted by the Ocean & Climate Platform in collaboration with the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and the Global Ocean Forum.
More info on the event and registration here.
SOS 2016 provides a global platform for leadership companies and organizations to advance the development and implementation of industry-driven solutions to ocean sustainability challenges.
The SOS 2016 theme is “Ocean 2030: Sustainable Development Goals and the Ocean Business Community”. The SOS is uniquely designed to bring together leadership companies from the diverse Ocean Business Community: shipping, oil and gas, fisheries, aquaculture, seabed mining, tourism, renewable energy, ports, dredging, mining, submarine cables, marine science, engineering and technology, the maritime legal, financial and insurance communities, and others – as well as ocean stakeholders from the government, inter-governmental, academic and environment communities.
The thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 13), the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP-MOP 8), and the second meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (COP-MOP 2), will be held back-to-back, in Los Cabos, Mexico.