Wed15Feb2017Thu16Feb2017New York City, USA
The President of the General Assembly will convene a two-day preparatory meeting, on 15-16 February 2017, at United Nations Headquarters in New York, to be chaired by H.E. Mr. Alvaro Mendonya Moura, Permanent Representative of Portugal to the UN, and H.E. Mr. Burhan Gafoor, Permanent Representative of Singapore to the UN, the two co-facilitators, with a view to considering the themes for the partnership dialogues and elements for a "Call for Action".
More information here.
The fourth World Ocean Summit will be held in Bali, Indonesia, on February 22nd-24th 2017 and will bring a critical eye to the vital issue of how to finance a sustainable ocean economy. Our aim is ambitious: to mobilise a new discussion on how capital and the private sector can drive scalable, sustainable investment in the ocean.
The subject of governing oceanic systems and coastlines is moving into the center of European strategic and sustainability interests. Yet, it suffers from a high degree of fragmentation and the lack of a cross-scalar approach to addressing prevailing policy shortcomings. The COST Action "Ocean Governance for Sustainability - Challenges, Options and the Role of Science - OceanGov" comprises a vision, and a series of approaches that informs research and future policy directions on crosscutting sustainability-driven issues related to the fragmented governance framework of oceans, seas and coastlines within regional- and open ocean-waters, in areas beyond national jurisdiction.
The conference therefore aims at conceptualizing ‘Ocean Governance for Sustainability’ by looking at the realities and practices of ocean governance in the following six thematic fields:
- Land-Sea Interactions
- Area-based Management
- Seabed Resource Management
- Nutrition Security and Food Systems
- Ocean Climate and Acidification
- Fisheries Governance
More information here.
The 2nd international conference on Marine/Maritime Spatial Planning will take place from 15-17 March 2017 in the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France. Key points of the agenda are the worldwide status and trends of MSP as well as the engagement of stakeholders in that process. As MSP is a mean to achieve global ocean governance goals cross-border cooperation and science-based applications are very important aiming towards a sustainable blue growth.
The first Oceania Ecosystem Services Forum aims to celebrate the vibrant Region of Oceania, and bring together all sectors of society to identify innovative was to use nature-based solutions to address Oceania’s most pressing challenges.
Conservation is too often seen as a crisis discipline, one in which bad news predominates. Although nature is facing huge challenges, we feel there are many positive stories out there where conservation has made a difference to people’s lives and to the status of wild nature. Progress, at the moment, tends to be overshadowed by negativity. It may well be happening, but it can be slow-burning, local and less immediately obvious than the sometimes overwhelming challenges faced. We believe this is counter-productive. Budding and perennial conservationists need to feel inspired and continue in the profession, not put off by pessimism. The public, businesses and government need to know that their actions can make a difference. With this summit, we aim to reframe the conservation movement by celebrating positive thinking in conservation, and putting forward a road map for change towards an optimistic and forward-thinking future. We believe being optimistic doesn’t underestimate the challenges faced in conservation, but it can help us to learn from both success and failure and move forward.
Fri21Apr2017Sun23Apr2017Washington, D.C., USA
The global conservation movement has reached a turning point. We have documented the fast pace of habitat loss, the growing number of endangered and extinct species, and the increasing speed of global climate change. Yet while the seriousness of these threats cannot be denied, there are a growing number of examples of improvements in the health of species and ecosystems, along with benefits to human well-being, thanks to our conservation actions. Earth Optimism celebrates a change in focus from problem to solution, from a sense of loss to one of hope, in the dialogue about conservation and sustainability.
Conference series LLC invites all the members of ecological family, from all over the world to join and share research at the '6th International Conference on Biodiversity and Conservation' during 27th & 28th April, 2017 at Dubai, UAE which includes prompt keynote presentations, plenary talks, oral talks, poster presentations and exhibitions.
Theme: “Variety of Species Innovates Variety of Research”
Biodiversity 2017 is providing a global platform to discuss and learn about our own ecology and its associated fields like evolution of species, plant & animal biodiversity, biodiversity management and its conservation, fauna & flora, biodiversity & food security, conservation of endangered species, marine biodiversity, forestry and sustainable energy development.
Wed17May2017Thu18May2017Yogyakarta (Java), Indonesia
The 41st Annual Conference of the Center for Oceans Law and Policy will convene under the theme, ‘The Marine Environment and UN Sustainable Development Goal 14'. Through Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14, the international community agreed to aim to "conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development."
Mon05Jun2017Fri09Jun2017New York City, USA
This high-level UN Conference, co-hosted by the Governments of Fiji and Sweden, will coincide with the World Oceans Day, and seeks to to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development).
World Oceans Day is a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future. This year's theme is “Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet” and individuals and organizations across the planet are taking action for prevention of plastic pollution in our ocean.
World Oceans Day has grown tremendously each year since The Ocean Project started coordinating it in 2002. With hundreds of partners involved, and the United Nations officially recognizing June 8 as World Oceans Day in 2008, we have reached millions worldwide.
The CMT is widely considered the world's foremost congress related to tourism and recreation in coastal and marine environments and is attended by academics, students and practitioners from around the world. The congresses offer opportunities for the presentation and publication of refereed and working papers, as well as posters. A strong feature of the congresses is the supportive and collegial atmosphere where students are particularly encouraged to engage and contribute to the field. CMT is the official congress of the International Costal and Marine Tourism Society (ICMTS).
During the Blue Solutions webinar, great PANORAMA solutions will feature in the exchange, among them inspiring examples from Indonesia and Madagascar. Conservation International and Blue Ventures will present their case studies for scaling up community-led MPA management and identify its key success factors.
Register now: http://bit.ly/2slOuoc
Thu27Jul20174:00 to 5:30 pm CETOnline
Our next webinar will take place on July 27, 4:00 to 5:30 PM CET and is organized in cooperation with the GIZ Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector Project. The session will provide an overview on fisheries certification with a focus on discussing its applicability for small-scale fisheries. Audun Lem, Deputy-Director of the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department will give a keynote speech on fisheries certification. Hoyt Peckham will present the SmartFish solution on reducing overfishing and improving the livelihoods of artisanal fishers in Mexico. Camila Zambrano Esguerra, Fondo Acción will highlight the key success factors of the EcoGourmet project, which sensitizes small-scale fishermen as well as consumers about sustainable fisheries.
Stockholm Resilience Centre together with the Resilience Alliance are excited to welcome you to the upcoming Resilience 2017 conference in Stockholm. Following previous Resilience conferences, held on triennial basis since 2008, Resilience 2017 will discuss resilience as a key lens for biosphere-based sustainability science. It will reflect back on the scientific progress made, and to set out exciting future directions for research. A main focus will be on global sustainability challenges and opportunities, which today are heavily influenced by the speed, scale and connectivity of the Anthropocene. Read more about our take on resilience here.
Tue22Aug20171:00 to 2:30 PM GMT/UTCOpen Channels
Join us for a webinar on August 22, 2017 from 1:00 to 2:30 PM GMT/UTC
Tundi Agardy (Sound Seas) – Keynote
Jon Day (James Cook University) – Experiences from the Great Barrier Reef – Australia
Sound legislative governance framework for spatial planning and management
Public participation to strengthen and legitimize planning processes
Effective zoning as a key spatial planning/management tool
Coordinated multi-layered management for implementation of MSP across the GBR
Michelle Portman (Technion University) – Israel
Interactive and transparent approach in marine spatial planning
Data needs, data availability, data sharing, data management… these are always hot topics when countries or institutions embark on Marine Spatial Planning (MSP). But how much do data influence MSP processes and is a lack of data a constraint for successful MSP? The webinar will provide practical experiences from Australia and Israel on how data issues have been solved for planning and management efforts at sea. We will discuss the following key points:
- What kind of data is needed to start and conduct a MSP process?
- How much do scope and objectives of a MSP process influence the need for data? And how much do data influence MSP processes?
What are the benefits and limitations of decision support tools?
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
About the PANORAMA - Solutions for a Healthy Planet Webinar Series
Blue Solutions provides a global knowledge network and capacity development platform to collate, share, and generate solutions for effective management and equitable governance of our planet’s marine and coastal living spaces, and to develop capacity for the ocean community on the initiative’s priority topics. Blue Solutions will host five sessions as part of the PANORAMA- Solutions for a Healthy Planet Webinar Series focused on marine and coastal issues. These sessions will highlight solutions related to different priority themes in the Blue Solutions Initiative focusing on marine and coastal ecosystems and “blue solutions” from all over our planet.
This webinar series is co-hosted by MPA News, MEAM, OpenChannels, and the EBM Tools Network (coordinated by NatureServe and OpenChannels.org).
Mon04Sep2017Fri08Sep2017La Serena-Coquimbo, Chile
Marine Protected Areas are extremely dynamic and energetic environments where humans meet the ocean. Fishing, aquaculture, tourism, recreation, navigation, sailing and scientific research are just a few of the activities that take place in MPAs. Given the complex nature of MPAs, participants from multidisciplinary backgrounds will reconvene in La Serena, Chile for IMPAC4, an international conference with a program that covers a wide array of topics, including management tools, conservation biology, ecology, fisheries, climate change, monitoring, enforcement, community development, communications, education, business administration, and much more!
During four full days, plus an initial welcome evening, recent activities and trends in MPA management and science will be presented and discussed. A more detailed program will be available soon once principal topics and streams have been defined.
More information on the official website.
Since 2014, Our Ocean conferences have invited world leaders to look forward and respond, delivering high-level commitments and transforming the challenges ahead into an opportunity for cooperation, innovation and entrepreneurship. As in previous years, the 2017 edition “An Ocean for Life”, will be upon invitation only. It will be hosted by the European Union in Malta, at the heart of the Mediterranean.
Visit the official website for more information.
Sun08Oct2017Tue10Oct2017Savannah, GA, USA
The Ocean Exchange’s 2017 Annual Event will be held on October 8-10, 2017 in Savannah, GA and will focus on 'Impact Through Sustainability'.
Ocean Exchange seeks innovative, proactive and globally scalable Solutions with working prototypes that can leap across industries, economies and cultures. Following a Call For Solutions, selected solution creators will be invited to Savannah, GA to present their work.
Find more information and register for the event on the website of Ocean Exchange.
Blue Growth has become a major policy objective for the European Commission, Member States and a broad range of maritime actors. It has contributed to jobs and economic growth, supported innovation and research, and promoted a collaborative and inclusive approach to the maritime economy. Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) can help to accommodate tomorrow’s Blue Economy by creating a framework for evidence-based and inclusive maritime spatial plans from national authorities.
This conference aims to provide a forum for discussion and exchange, offering concrete examples and guidelines on how to apply MSP as a tool to accommodate sustainable maritime economic development.
More information on the official website.
Addressing the multiple issues related to land-based pollution of our oceans will be the main topic for the third Global Conference on Land-Ocean Connections which is taking place 23-24 October in Bali, Indonesia. The event brings together scientists, technical experts, policy-makers, businesses and civil society actors to discuss the latest science on the impacts of marine pollution and how to best address this issue.
The conference will directly precede the fourth Intergovernmental Review meeting of the Global Programme of Action, and offer specific recommendations that will be taken into account by the governments attending the meeting.
Find more information and download the agenda on the website of the Global Programme of Action.
Mon30Oct2017Sat04Nov2017Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
The Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA), the Institute of Marine Science and the Department of Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries [both of the University of Dar es Salaam] and the Tanzania Fisheries Institute are pleased to announce the Tenth WIOMSA Scientific Symposium which will be held in Dar es Salaam on 30 October – 4 November 2017.
The Symposium will bring together practitioners, academics, researchers and students to share knowledge, experience and solutions to the challenges experienced in our coastal and marine environment. The specific objectives of the symposium are to:
- Present current knowledge on disciplines related to the theme of the symposium;
- Provide a forum for discussion and exchange of information and experiences on coastal and marine science issues in the western Indian Ocean region;
- Promote interaction among social and natural scientists in order to strengthen multi- and trans-disciplinary research for sustainable management of the coastal and marine environment;
- Identify gaps and priority research areas for improved management of the coastal and marine environment of the western Indian Ocean region.
Contributions from all relevant scientific disciplines are welcome at this multidisciplinary symposium.
Find more information on the official website.
The 2017 UN Climate Change Conference will take place from 6 to 17 November at the World Conference Centre in Bonn, Germany, where the headquarters of the UNFCCC Secretariat is located. The COP 23 will be convened under the Presidency of Fiji.
More information on the official website.
On14-15 November 2017, the Blue Economy Forum will bring together experts from ministries, industry, academia and international organizations. They will share the state of ocean health and progress in valuing the growing ocean economy, and the crucial marine ecosystem services on which our societies rely. They will highlight the blue economy initiatives, innovations, policies and mechanisms that will help make #sustanableoceeansforall happen.
This year’s Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum (GGSD Forum) will focus on investment, innovation and employment aspects of the fast-growing ocean-based industries, together with policies to protect and sustainably use marine and ocean resources and ecosystems. It will explore how the economic development and conservation needs can be balanced successfully through innovations in established and emerging ocean industries, as well as marine spatial planning instruments. Issues such as national and international capacity for ocean industry oversight, the role of science and technology (including digitalisation), responsible business conduct and waste management will be addressed.
Visit the OECD Website for more information.