Tue01Oct2013Fri04Oct2013Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
Wed02Oct2013Fri04Oct2013Montego Bay, Jamaica
Mon14Oct2013Thu17Oct2013Belize City, Belize
Mon21Oct2013Sun27Oct201322:00 Marseille & Corsica – France
Every four years, the International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC) brings together major maritime stakeholders from around the globe, beyond national or sectoral boundaries, to assist in the conservation and sustainable development of the oceans. This year, the Agence des aires marines protégées (French Marine Protected Areas Agency) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) are co-organizing the event. The core of the Congress will take place in Marseille from Oct. 21 to Oct. 25. It will be followed by a high-level political meeting in Corsica on Oct. 26 and 27.
Wed13Nov2013Sun17Nov2013Sendai City, Japan
The congress is organized by IUCN, World Commission on Protected Areas and the Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan. It will break new ground by bringing together protected area organizations and civil society in Asia to discuss the future of protected areas in one of the world's fastest growing and most dynamic regions.
Scheduled exactly one year ahead of the 6th IUCN World Parks Congress, the Asia Parks Congress will serve as a valuable lead-in to the world meet by proposing ways forward based on the lessons learned in Asia. It seeks to produce results to move the agenda for people and protected areas forward, build a legacy of cooperation, and inform the IUCN World Parks Congress in 2014.
The World Forum is organized by the Scottish Wildlife Trust in association with UNEP, IUCN, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, TEEB for Business Coalition and the Wildlife Trusts. It will be a focal point for business leaders and others to explore the full implications of this rapidly evolving issue, with the aim of turning the debate into practical action.
The inaugural World Forum on Natural Capital will be the first major global conference on natural capital. It will build on the significant private sector interest shown at the United Nations Earth Summit in Rio in June 2012 and the many developments that have taken place since.
The conference is planned by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme and its partner organizations of the Pacific Islands Roundtable for Nature Conservation. It is open to all and is attended by government representatives, NGOs, development partners, international organizations and Pacific Island communities.
The conference with this year's topic – Building Resilience for a Changing Pacific - is the Pacific region's premier event shaping biodiversity conservation work in the region for the next 5 years. The line-up features nature conservation success stories from around the Pacific, panel speakers and keynote speakers from leading organizations and initiatives, and 21 parallel sessions covering themes ranging from protected areas to access and benefit sharing in nature conservation, to innovative community-based initiatives blending traditional conservation measures with social marketing.
Tue03Dec2013Wed04Dec2013Embassy of Sweden, Washington, D.C., USA
The meeting is hosted by the Swedish Ministry of the Environment, the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management and the Embassy of Sweden in partnership with Duke University’s Nicholas Institute. The objectives of the wto days long gathering are to raise awareness and understanding of the critical contribution of healthy marine ecosystems to human well-being as well as to explore new policies to better manage human activities and their impact on marine and coastal ecosystems services. Moreover, the meeting gives the opportunity to discuss new innovations that will promote the “greening” of blue ocean industries by including nature’s value in business decisions, build confidence in the use of ecosystem service knowledge in decision-making and explore the application of “green thinking for a blue world” in regional policy settings.
To be held in Washington DC, it will target a high-profile audience of public and private decision-makers across all relevant sectors and will build upon outcomes from a series of related events with a particular focus on identifying opportunities and influencing change in the policy domain.
Find the full agenda with times and speakers here. Registration is required for the event. If you are unable to attend in person you can watch a live-stream video of the event provided by OpenChannels, Duke University, the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management and the Swedish Ministry of the Environment.
The workshop is being convened by the CBD Secretariat in collaboration with the Ministry of Environmental Protection of China and various other partners and relevant regional and international organizations and initiatives. Parties from the region are invited to nominate two experts and relevant regional organizations and initiatives are invited to nominate one expert to participate in this workshop.
The workshop will focus on regional experiences in the use of: (i) integrated marine and coastal area management toward achieving Aichi Biodiversity Targets 6 and 11 in a holistic manner, and (ii) scientific and technical tools in support of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, such as the description of ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs).
The second meeting of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES2) is hosted by the Government of Turkey bringing together representatives of the platform’s member as well as observer organizations. It will, inter alia, address the initial work programme of the Platform, financial and budgetary arrangements for the Platform, and rules and procedures for the operations of the Platform.
The workshop is organized by the Blue Carbon Research Group at the Research & Development Center for Coastal and Marine Resources (Agency for Marine and Fisheries of Research and Development - Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Republic of Indonesia). The participants are expected to come from different background such as from Govermental Ministries and Agencies, Intergovermental Organitations, Non Govermental Organitations, Universities/Research Institutes as well as from the Private Sectors.
Under the topic "From Indonesia to The Blue Planet", the workshop will be dedicated to cover scientific and policy aspects of Blue Carbon. With plenary sessions involving keynotes speakers, oral presentations and discussions, the program will be shaped to enable group and individual discussions and exchanges.
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.
The ICMBE 2015: XIII International Conference on Marine Biology and Ecology aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results about all aspects of Marine Biology and Ecology. It also provides the premier interdisciplinary forum for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns, practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted in the field of Marine Biology and Ecology.
The Blue Solutions Project and the Panorama Initiative provide global platforms to assemble and promote knowledge on successful approaches, tools and processes, focusing on what works why and how. These solutions have proven their success and inspire others to replicate and adapt them.
While Blue Solutions focuses on the sustainable use and conservation of marine and coastal biodiversity, the Panorama shares success stories from protected areas in particular, both marine and terrestrial.
The Blue Solutions partners have developed a template to document these solutions and their core elements – so-called building blocks. We believe that these building blocks can be replicated, adapted and recombined to address specific challenges in new contexts, geographies or even sectors.
We hereby invite you to a webinar explaining this solutions approach and providing guidance on how to document your solutions. The webinar is timed to support “solution providers” in preparation for the upcoming “Regional Forum on Solutions for Oceans, Coasts and Human Wellbeing in Latin America and the Wider Caribbean Region”, as well as in the follow-up of the IUCN World Parks Congress.
During the webinar, we will explain the concept of “solutions” and “building blocks”, walk through the template and share best practices in completing it.
This workshop aims to foster a dialogue on enhancing ecosystem approaches to the management of areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ) through global, regional and national processes. The workshop is expected to result in a synthesis on the current state of knowledge on global and regional processes that can be used to improve sustainable use of fisheries resources and biodiversity conservation in ABNJ, and address areas of uncertainty as a result of a weak knowledge base on fisheries and biodiversity. Participants will assess knowledge; global, regional and national efforts; and available capacity on fisheries and biodiversity conservation in ABNJ, with the aim of identifying gaps and capacity needs. The workshop will also share lessons learned and emerging trends in development, management and research on ABNJ from around the world and establish cross-sectoral linkages for improved information sharing on ABNJ. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Global Ocean Forum are organizing the workshop, in collaboration with other partners.
The Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL), in a cooperative partnership with the University of Cambridge Centre for Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Governance (C-EENRG) and Lauterpacht Centre for International Law (LCIL), the UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, and the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), among other partners, is delighted to announce this Call for Papers for the international conference Biodiversity, Sustainable Development and the Law, to be held at the University of Cambridge, UK, on 20-22 February 2015.
The Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Capacity-Building Workshop will focus on sharing and learning from regional experiences on integrated marine and coastal area management, with the aim of holistically achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets 6 and 11. Participants will also discuss scientific and technical tools to support the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, including the description of ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs). The SOI is a global platform to enhance capacity and build partnerships to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets related to marine and coastal biodiversity. The Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Ministry of Environment of Peru and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) are convening the meeting. The Japan Biodiversity Fund and the French Marine Protected Areas Agency fund the SOI.
The Indian Ocean region has a great diversity of marine ecosystems and exploited fisheries and there is an urgent need for scientists working in the region to share their knowledge and experiences in the scientific, social and economic aspects of these ecosystems and fisheries. The primary aim of the conference is to bring together scientists from the region to exchange research advancements and promote collaborations and partnerships in the Sultanate of Oman and throughout the Indian Ocean.
The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Regional Gateway for Technology Transfer and Climate Change Action in Latin America and the Caribbean (REGATTA) and the facilitator of REGATTA's Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) Community of Practice, Practical Action Latin America, are co-organizing this meeting of members of the EbA Community of Practice to strengthen the network, discuss regional experiences in EbA and identify opportunities for collaboration.
The ocean plays a vital role in all three pillars of sustainable development and is an essential component of the post-2015 development agenda. The ocean and seas covers 70% of the Earth’s surface area, host the largest connected ecosystem and plays a central role in climate stability, oxygen generation, nutrient cycling, food production and coastal protection. Coastal ecosystems provide significant ecosystem services which themselves rely on healthy levels of biological diversity. They partially support about 75% of the global population, which resides in the wider coastal margins. The fraction is estimated to grow over the coming decades. Moreover the majority of the world’s mega-cities are located in coastal regions. Thus growing fraction of the world’s population is dependent on the ocean for transportation of goods, for food supply through fisheries and aquaculture, particularly in developing countries. New uses are the generation of renewable energy, mining of materials and a growing demand for coastal and ocean tourism. The legal framework for the high seas, in particular the area beyond national jurisdiction, might need to be enhanced to allow for effective governance and implementation of a global sustainable development agenda.
The Symposium will bring together scientists and practitioners concerned with sustainable ocean development. Early career scientists and established experts from a broad range of disciplines will exchange their views on: Ocean sustainability, ocean conservation, ocean resources, ocean governance and outreach & arts.
Sun22Mar2015Fri27Mar2015Colombo, Sri Lanka
This Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) workshop is part of a series of regional workshops the Secretariat is organizing to facilitate the description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs) through the application of the scientific criteria in decision IX/20, annex I as well as scientific guidance on the identification of marine areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ). The workshop will bring together scientific and technical experts to analyze biological and ecological data and information on marine ecosystems, habitats and species, and geological, physical or oceanographic data. Participants are expected to produce a regional workshop report on areas meeting EBSA criteria for consideration by the CBD's Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA). A Training Session on EBSAs will precede the workshop on 22 March 2015.
Mon23Mar2015Fri27Mar2015Santos City, Brazil
The strong linkage between ocean dynamics and societal needs, underlined by the role of science, represents the background for a series of climate change meetings coordinated by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), the North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO).
The Third International Symposium on the Effects of Climate Change on the World’s Oceans will be held in Santos (Brazil) by invitation of the Oceanographic Institute of the University of São Paulo (IOUSP) demonstrating the engagement and commitment of Brazil to the recommendations of the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20. This symposium will provide opportunities for the international science community to bring the latest information, understanding and assessment of the impacts of climate change on our oceans. Twelve sessions covering different but interconnected themes have been selected, from physical processes and their interaction with ecosystem dynamics, to resource provision and ocean governance. The latest developments in predicting changes in biodiversity, phenology, fisheries and ecosystems as well as in the physical systems that sustains these, will inform discussions on the risks and opportunities that climate change will bring to coastal communities and to society at large. The symposium will also highlight knowledge gaps to stimulate the development of the new generation of science of climate change impacts on our oceans.
The Blue Solution Initiative is happy to announce the Regional Forum on Solutions for Oceans, Coasts and Human Wellbeing in Latin America and the Wider Caribbean Region taking place from 14 – 17 April 2015 in Cancún, Mexico.
The four-day Regional Forum provides a platform for more than 100 Latin American and Wider Caribbean Region 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 and ‘blue solutions’.
- Inspire participants and facilitate the adaptation of successful experiences towards the implementation of sustainable solutions in marine and coastal contexts.
The Forum will be structured around the following three themes:
- Coastal and marine spatial planning and Management
- Sustainable finance and ecosystem services
- Climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction
The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is convening this Regional Workshop to 'Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs) in the North-West Indian Ocean and Adjacent Gulf Areas'. The workshop will be hosted by the Ministry of Environment and Water of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and is being convened in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Office West Asia (ROWA) and the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Office – Abu Dhabi, among others.
This Symposium will aim to “bring ocean observations to users”. It will coordinate ocean-related tasks within the Group on Earth Observations (GEO); discuss implementation of ocean observation systems; and raise awareness of the societal benefits of ocean observations to the broader community, particularly donors and policymakers. The symposium will be organized according to the Blue Planet Components: Sustained Ocean Observations; Sustained Ecosystems and Food Security; Ocean Forecasting and Services; Services for the Coastal Zone; Ocean Climate and Carbon; and Developing Capacity and Social Awareness. It will include a particular focus on observations in the Asia-Pacific region, linking observations to societal benefits, such as for small island developing States (SIDS) and coastal environments and the blue economy. GEO coordinates Blue Planet's work and is composed of 90 member nations, the European Commission (EC) and over 70 participating organizations.
The conference will bring together internationally renowned and regional experts to enable them to share their knowledge and expertise on the latest developments in the field with local Hong Kong experts and environmental practitioners from academia, government, NGOs and the private sector. The specific objectives of this conference are:
- To provide a platform for knowledge transfer and idea exchange;
- To foster local, regional and international collaborations in research and development among scientists, environmental consultants, policy makers and governmental officers engaging in the field of marine biodiversity, ecology and conservation;
- To identify knowledge gaps and prioritize emerging research areas in the field;
- To train young scientists and environmental practitioners;
- To solicit expert advice and share experiences on some of the pressing practical issues in relation to marine biodiversity conservation and fisheries management in HK.
The Economist Events' third World Ocean Summit ambitiously aims to set a new global agenda for the ocean economy.
The World Ocean Summit will convene more than 250 global leaders from various sectors with direct interests in the oceans and igniting a constructive dialogue on solution.
More info here.
World Oceans Day has been celebrated annually, on 8 June, since the UN General Assembly adopted resolution 63/111 in December 2008. The Day seeks to remind everyone of the major part the ocean has in everyday life, inform the public on the impact of the human actions on the ocean, develop a worldwide movement of citizen, towards the Ocean, and mobilize and unite the world's population on a project for the sustainable management of the World Ocean.
See also here.
- Geopolitics of the oceans
- Maritime governance
- Social Relations and Culture
- Fisheries management
- Knowledge production
- Coastal threats and vulnerability
Presentation of papers, posters and other visual materials (documentary films, small exhibitions) is possible.
Also possibility to host a panel.
Deadline for proposals: 31 January 2015
Biodiversity studies, including ecology, physiology, behaviour, taxonomy/ phylogeny, aquiculture, conservation and management issues, data-bases.
All types of organisms and coastal environments (marine-brackish-freshwater and adjacent terrestrial systems), integrative approaches, data-handling techniques.
Climate change and its consequences are threatening coastal areas, especially in emerging countries, and require swift and concrete action. Blue Solutions recently developed the training "Climate Change Adaptation in Coastal and Marine Areas (Blue CCA)", based on the existing GIZ / OECD training on ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change, and focusses on adaptation measures in marine and coastal areas. It is complementary to the existing Blue-IES training and is aimed at practitioners, technical personnel and decision makers from state institutions and civil society.
Sun23Aug2015Fri28Aug2015Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Sustainable Oceans Lab
From 23 to 28 August the second meeting of the leadership programme takes place in Mexico. It offers space for exchange and learning to leaders and change agents active in the management and governance of oceans. During the Lab, 30 participants from civil society, government and business communities engaged in diverse multi-stakeholder initiatives in 14 countries work together on issues they face in their respective initiatives and create sustainable development solutions to address the following question: How can we work together to enhance the sustainable management of our marine ecosystems globally?
The Aquatic Biodiversity and Ecosystems meeting is a conference for aquatic scientists (both marine and freshwater) with a focus on evolution, interactions and long-term change - particularly how these shape patterns of biodiversity and the relationships between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. The scope is deliberately broad encompassing natural and highly modified habitats in both marine and freshwater aquatic systems. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology are the key focus, but the meeting also caters for an interdisciplinary approach to studying and managing aquatic ecosystems, especially unravelling local and regional scale impacts from global climate driven change!
MSP Training Course Development
The Blue Solutions Initiative is developing an open-source training course on Marine & Coastal Planning. From 9 to 11 September selected MSP experts and practitioners from all over the world will discuss and evolve the draft concept, integrating “real-life” examples and key findings on challenges, enabling factor and barriers of MSP into the training.
The 4th international conference on “Progress in Marine Conservation in Europe 2015” offers a regular international forum for discussions on currently important marine conservation issues in Europe with occasional examples from beyond. The conference invites a wide range of participants and organizations such as international conventions and agreements, policy makers, conservation managers, scientists and inter- and non-governmental organizations.
International experts will discuss emerging issues and new research results, and identify promising approaches to proceed in marine nature conservation in Europe. The intended presentations will focus on:
- Current status of the implementation of MPA and EBSA networks;
- Current protection status and new research results on threatened or declining marine species and habitats like sharks and rays, whales, deep sea species, seamounts and hydrothermal vents or other benthic habitats;
- Anthropogenic impacts on the marine environment and their management with focus on fisheries, e.g. management measures alternative fishing gear, and on the effects of offshore windfarms;
- Marine nature conservation in marine policy: the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD); Marine Spatial Planning; the economic value of ecosystem services;
- New research and marine monitoring methods like digital aerial survey or sediment and benthic mapping.
The conference is hosted by the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) in cooperation with the German Oceanographic Museum / OZEANEUM.
Further information on the website of the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation.
ICES Annual Science Conference 2015: an exciting weeklong forum that brings together an international community of marine scientists, socio-economists, and students.
ICES welcomes all interested scientists, policy- and decision-makers, those who work with marine ecosystems, stakeholders, representatives from interested organizations and industry to join the discussions on science for sustainable seas.
More information here.
Fri02Oct201512:30 - 19:30Paris, Ile-De-France, France
The conference aims to discuss and identify how to achieve the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on oceans, including how to make the best use of scientific knowledge and put oceans on a sustainable pathway. Participants will also address implementation of the proposed SDG. The Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) in partnership with the US Embassy in France and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC/UNESCO) are organizing the conference.
Tue06Oct201512:30University of Rhode Island Bay Campus Graduate School of Oceanography, Narragansett, RI
Join colleagues from around New England and across the globe on October 6, 2015 at the 2015 Ronald C. Baird Sea Grant Science Symposium on International Marine Spatial Planning to share experiences, learn from seasoned practitioners, and help mentor emerging professionals. Offshore energy development,commercial and recreational fisheries, shipping, conservation, and historic preservation — these are just some of the uses of ocean waters that marine spatial planners must take into account.
This event will be live-streamed for free from the University of Rhode Island at http://livestream.com/universityofrhodeisland/seagrantsymposium.
You may also attend the event in-person. Registration information is at http://rhody.crc.uri.edu/msp15/.
Transformations are often discussed as necessary to achieve a just society that thrives within planetary boundaries. The conference "Transformations2015" will focus on transformations to sustainability: the challenge of solving problems in the Anthropocene and creating conditions for good lives for people, today and in the future, while strengthening Earth's life support system.
The conference will gather people from various disciplines around the world to share cutting-edge research on transformations to sustainability and through a Science MashUp explore the research frontiers in this developing field. The conference aims to build a better understanding of large-scale systems change and fundamental changes in people-planet relationships that can have an impact at scales that match the problems of the Anthropocene.
This webinar will be presented by Claire Fackler of NOAA. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office of National Marine Sanctuaries serves as the trustee for a system of fourteen marine protected areas, encompassing more than 170,000 square miles of America’s ocean and Great Lakes. The National Marine Sanctuary System's education and outreach programs inspire ocean and climate literacy and stewardship of the national marine sanctuaries through engaging hands-on, STEM field programs, teacher workshops, student activities, social media, and free online resources. Learn about the impacts of these unique programs through formative and summative evaluations and how you too can inspire ocean and climate literacy, as well as conservation and stewardship through your own marine protected area. Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center, the EBM Tools Network, OpenChannels.org, and MPA News.
This webinar will be presented by Healy Hamilton and Xuemei Han of NatureServe. The Biodiversity Indicators Dashboard is a web-enabled, interactive dashboard that enables tracking of biodiversity and conservation performance data in a clear, user-friendly format. It can help organizations track progress toward conservation targets, support monitoring and reporting, inform outcome-based policy making for the protection of natural resources, and catalyze necessary investments in information infrastructure. The dashboard enables users to track key indicators of biodiversity and conservation performance data. Example indicators include deforestation rate (for pressure on biodiversity), the IUCN Red List Index (for state of species), Key Biodiversity Areas (for conservation response), and freshwater provision (for benefits to human populations). It was set up to analyze three regions: the tropical Andes, the Great Lakes of Africa, and the Mekong River Valley, with potential to expand to any other geographic regions. This webinar will give an overview of the dashboard and its current and other possible uses. Learn more about the dashboard at www.natureserve.org/conservation-tools/projects/biodiversity-indicators-dashboard. Webinar co-sponsored by OpenChannels.org and the EBM Tools Network.
Mon26Oct2015Sat31Oct2015Wild Coast Sun, South Africa
It is with a great pleasure that we invite you to take part in the 9th WIOMSA Scientific Symposium to be held on the 26-31 October 2015 at the Wild Coast Sun Hotel in South Africa. This biennial forum is the largest open scientific conference in the region on marine and coastal issues and is expected to gather some 500 delegates from across the globe.
The 9th Symposium will be a unique opportunity for all those involved in the marine and coastal environment including scientists, researchers, practitioners, academics, students, policy makers the private sector, experts, community leaders, and media professionals to meet and discuss the latest scientific developments in marine and coastal research, explore how such developments can be realistically applied by users. Participants will also share knowledge, experience and solutions to the challenges experienced in our coastal and marine environment.In the upcoming months, we will work on building a strong scientific programme.
As was the case in previous editions of the symposium, the programme will include key note presentations from top scientists, oral and poster presentations, all covering the main symposium themes: Vulnerability, Resilience & Adaptation; and Biodiversity and ecological processes; Utilization of resources; Human dimension and governance systems; Understanding Ecosystem Services; and Innovations in Support of an Ocean-based Economy.
In addition, a wide range of dynamic activities, such as workshops, round table discussions, special sessions will provide participants with opportunities to network, share best practice and present their studies in front of hundreds of delegates and media representatives from around the world.
For the 9th Symposium, we are particularly inspired by the success of the last symposium held in Maputo, Mozambique in 2013, where the contributions of the private sector and policy makers in the special sessions on oil and gas and the uptake of research results by policy were outstanding! We hope to build on this success and to go further in interfacing with these sectors.
The 9th WIOMSA Scientific Symposium is jointly organized by WIOMSA, the University of KwaZulu-Natal and The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), partnered by the Oceanographic Research Institute and the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board.
In the months ahead, we encourage you to learn more about the scientific programme, and to get involved in this landmark event by developing and submitting abstracts, and making plans to join us in South Africa.
Dr Jacqueline Uku (WIOMSA President)
Setting targets and limits for long-term fisheries management is at the core of ICES work as well as of highest priority in fisheries management research. The implementation of the MSY approach, the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management and the upcoming European Landing Obligation has forced fisheries scientists to turn to advising on the setting of targets for ecosystems rather than single species. To provide decision-makers with sufficient information, reliable information on the effect of setting specified targets and limits is required. To produce this information, an integrated, interdisciplinary understanding of the structure, dynamics and response of marine ecosystems to change is required as is the relationship between fishing activities and marine ecosystems. By targeting a global international audience, the symposium will promote the exchange of knowledge on these topics both within ICES and between ICES and other international organizations such as the FAO and PICES.
Article 25 of the Convention on Biological Diversity establishes an open-ended intergovernmental scientific advisory body known as the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) to provide the Conference of the Parties (COP) and, as appropriate, its other subsidiary bodies, with timely advice relating to the implementation of the Convention. SBSTTA has met 18 times to date and produced a total of 193 recommendations to the Conference of the Parties, some of which have been endorsed in full by the latter. Such endorsement makes these recommendations de facto decisions of the Conference of the Parties. Parts of other recommendations have also been endorsed, and many others have been taken up in modified form.
More information: https://www.cbd.int/doc/?meeting=sbstta-19
Since everyone can't make it to the Ecosystem Services Partnership Conference in Stellenbosch, South Africa this November 9th-13th, MESP will bring a little of the conference to you. Hosted by CSF Board Secretary Linwood Pendleton, these webinars are part of the 8th ESP World Conference and will feature authors of recent marine ecosystem services papers. Each author present for 10 minutes followed by a brief question and answer period.
Tuesday, 3 November 2015
4pm Paris • 3pm London • 10am US Eastern • 7am US Pacific
- Alistair McVittie, SRUC, Edinburgh: The benefits to people of expanding Marine Protected Area
- Jasper Kenter, The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS): Integrating monetary and non-monetary approaches for incorporating the value of marine cultural ecosystem services into decisions
- Anne Böehnke-Henrichs, Environmental Systems Analysis Group, Wageningen University, The Netherlands: The artist and the sea – exploring oceans’ “inspiration for culture, art and design”
Wednesday / Thursday, 4/5 November 2015
1pm U.S. Pacific (4 Nov) • 4pm US Eastern(4 Nov) • 7am Brisbane (5 Nov) • 10am Wellington, NZ (5 Nov)
- Kate Davies, NIWA, New Zealand: Many voices of the Manukau: Mapping coastal narratives in Aotearoa New Zealand
- Katherine Short, Partner, Terra Moana Ltd.: Natural capital and ecosystem services advance seafood sustainability – an illustrated learning journey
- Darla Hatton MacDonald, Associate Professor, University of Tasmania: Gaining Consensus: the Steps before a Marine Value Experiment
For more information and registration go to: http://www.linwoodpendleton.com/upcomingmespwebinars/
To join either webinar event, you will need a password. Please enter lowerecase mesp.
This session will explore the role of ecosystem services assessment (ESA) in marine and coastal policy. This will include an overview of why it can be beneficial to include ESA in marine and coastal policy making, how to conduct ESA in such a way as to support its uptake into policy (and management), and the relationship between ESA in stakeholder engagement in a marine context. These themes will be explored using worked examples from a variety of recent projects.
For this webinar session the SGA Network Secretariat are partnered by Dr Steve Fletcher. Dr Fletcher is Head of the Marine Programme at UNEP-WCMC and Associate Professor in Marine Policy at Plymouth University, UK. He has expertise in ecosystem services assessment, coastal and marine policy analysis, socio-economics of coastal resources, and applied coastal and marine governance. He co-led the VALMER project (www.valmer.eu) which tested the application of marine ecosystem service assessment to the management of the Western English Channel, and recently conducted a marine ecosystem services assessment of the marine area of St. Helena.
Register for the webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6119256468249918978
The Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS) is the only global, multi-sectoral platform for leadership companies and organizations to advance the development and implementation of industry-driven solutions to ocean sustainability challenges. With Singapore celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015 and continuing to advance its significant role in the global maritime economy, SOS 2015 will bring together the diverse ocean business community to plan for the next 50 years of Blue Growth, a sustainable ocean economy and responsible ocean business opportunities.
Mon09Nov2015Fri13Nov2015Stellenbosch, South Africa
The 8th World ESP conference will be held in South Africa from 9-13 November 2015. The central theme is ‘Ecosystem Services for Nature, People and Prosperity’. The conference will pay special attention to the public and private sector dialogue on how the ecosystem services concept can be used to support conservation, improve livelihoods and engage the business community.
Especially delegates from businesses are encouraged to attend the ESP conference in order to discuss challenges and opportunities in using the concept of ecosystem services to achieve conservation and sustainable use of our ‘natural capital’ within a market-context. The conference will provide an excellent platform to engage with experts who can generate solutions to these challenges and start making a difference in practice.
More info here.
Under the theme "Global Targets - Local Benefits: Setting the Sustainable Development Agenda for the Seas of East Asia beyond 2015" the EAS Congress 2015 will serve as a platform for assessing lessons learned and progress made, scaling up good practices and initiatives towards building an ocean-based blue economy, and mapping new targets and schedule for the East Asian Region in accordance with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and other international committments.
Tue17Nov201506:00 - 07:00 PMopenchannels.org
The Toolkit for Ecosystem Services Site-based Assessment (TESSA) provides practical step-by-step guidance for conducting an ecosystem services assessment at the site scale. TESSA particularly emphasizes the importance of comparing estimated ecosystem service values for alternative states of a site (for example, before and after conversion to agriculture) so decision-makers can assess the net consequences of such a change and better understand how decisions affect the ecosystem services that people depend on. The toolkit targets non-expert users with limited expertise and resources. The methods have been developed through expert consultation and are grounded in scientific approaches but are also designed to be simple enough to be useful to practitioners in the field. TESSA has been used across a range of habitats around the world. TESSA is available for download at http://tessa.tools.
Webinar co-sponsored by MEAM, OpenChannels.org, and the EBM Tools Network.
Register fot the webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8960072357055267585
(Spanish language webinar on TESSA to be held on December 8: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8612490343236452353)
By Sarah Poon of Environmental Defense Fund and Jenn Macy Humberstone formerly of the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Small-scale coastal fisheries are central to the health of the ocean, livelihood, poverty alleviation and food security for millions around the world, but today many of them are severely threatened by chronic overfishing. TURF-Reserves are an approach to managing many small-scale fisheries around the world. However, many fishing communities lack access to the resources needed to implement them. EDF staff has worked with Master’s students from the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at UC Santa Barbara to create TURFtools, a user-friendly tool for small-scale fishing communities to facilitate TURF-Reserve design. TURFtools incorporates both local fishing knowledge and the best available scientific data to provide communities with information on the economic and biological tradeoffs of different design options. This webinar will discuss how TURFtools works and how it allows fishery stakeholders to anticipate tradeoffs in biological and economic performance of different spatial designs to facilitate a more informed decision-making process for TURF-Reserve design. One of the presenters will also share her experience traveling to the Philippines to pilot the tool with EDF staff and partners using data from two small-fishing communities.
Learn more at http://www2.bren.ucsb.edu/~turftools.
Webinar co-sponsored by MEAM, OpenChannels.org, and the EBM Tools Network.
Register for the webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1975316989754370050.
By Chris Costello of the University of California at Santa Barbara and Ray Hilborn of the University of Washington.
The Ocean Prosperity Roadmap: Fisheries and Beyond is a new collection of research designed to inform decision makers, including governments and investors, on effective ocean and coastal resource management strategies to maximize economic, conservation and societal benefits. The research demonstrates how governance and management reform can reduce poverty while achieving economic gains, increasing food production, replenishing fish and conserving ocean health for future generations. For example, compared to a “business-as-usual” scenario, sustainable fishing globally could yield 17 million metric tons (23 percent) more wild fish and generate 90 billion USD (315 percent) more profits annually and boost the amount of fish left in the water for conservation by 112 percent. Taken together, the collection of seven studies creates a comprehensive overview of what’s possible to achieve in the ocean economy and emerging best practices on how to get there.
Learn more and download reports at www.oceanprosperityroadmap.org.
Webinar co-sponsored by MEAM, OpenChannels.org, and the EBM Tools Network.
Register for the webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1801494096872824322.
By Will McClintock and Chad Burt of the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Management of diver-collected data has traditionally relied on an ad-hoc collection of tools and processes. Such data are often captured on waterproof paper datasheets, transcribed to Excel, and then analyzed in a statistics package. The results are later transmitted by way of printed or electronic reports to decision makers. Even under ideal circumstances (i.e., with highly trained, disciplined researchers) this workflow is error prone and inefficient. SeaMonitor is our vision for a software service that would dramatically improve the collection, visualization, and sharing of marine ecological monitoring and assessment data. By managing the entire life-cycle of these data in a single open platform, higher quality data could be more easily shared and used in decision-making than with an assortment of general purpose tools. The McClintock Lab at the University of California at Santa Barbara is looking for a handful of partners to work with on designing a flexible framework for an initial set of sampling protocols that can grow over time. This webinar will present an overview of the vision for SeaMonitor and how partners can join in.
Learn more at http://seamonitor.org.
Webinar co-sponsored by MEAM, OpenChannels.org, and the EBM Tools Network.
Register for the webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3066253526210577154.
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.
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.
Sun11Feb2018Fri16Feb2018Portland, Oregon, USA
The 2018 Ocean Sciences Meeting, co-sponsored by the American Geophysical Union, the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, and The Oceanography Society, will be held 11-16 February, in Portland, Oregon. The meeting is an important venue for scientific exchange across broad marine science disciplines. Sessions will include all aspects of oceanography, especially multidisciplinary topics, as well as presentations that reflect new and emerging research on the global ocean and society, including science education, outreach and public policy.
Find more information on the official website.
The fifth World Ocean Summit will be held at Riviera Maya, Mexico, on March 7th-9th 2018 and will grapple with some of the ocean's most intractable problems--and explore new possibilities.
The World Ocean Summit, a diverse and important global gathering on the ocean, will bring together more than 360 political leaders and policymakers, heads of global business, scientists, NGOs and multilaterals for a frank and future-oriented discussion on how to turn these pledges into reality. Which initiatives have borne fruit, and which require reassessment? How can government and industry turn pledges into reality?
Since 2012 the World Ocean Summit has sought to focus the sometimes divergent perspectives of business, government and civil society on how we use our troubled seas. In 2018 the World Ocean Summit will expand into a wider, more ambitious World Ocean Initiative. Its vision will be of an ocean in robust health and with a vital economy; its goal to accelerate the transition to sustainable use of the ocean.
For more information, visit the website of the Economist Group.
Oceanology International offers the world’s leading forum where industry, academia and government share knowledge and connect with the ocean technology and marine science communities.
Oceanology International’s world-class exhibition and conference help bring together marine professionals, businesses and organisations to improve their strategies for measuring, developing, protecting and operating in the world’s oceans.
For more information, visit the website of the event.
From 13-16 March, 2018, the Blue Solutions Initiative will host a 3.5-day Fair in Thailand to foster international knowledge exchange and to accelerate action towards addressing climate change in the marine and coastal realm in Southeast Asia.
Under the topic “Facing the rising tide: sustainable ways to address climate change for resilient coastal communities and healthy marine ecosystems” practitioners can contribute specific challenges they face. The event will connect practitioners, policy makers and potential funders interested in supporting climate change initiatives to accelerate action and implementation.
Find out more or get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org!
The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is pleased to announce that the call for applications for our annual scholarship program is now open! Please spread the word so we can fund as many great projects as possible.
The MSC scholarship research program is a fund for students studying problems and solutions in sustainable fisheries and supply chains. The details:
- We will fund projects up to
- Undergraduate and postgraduate students worldwide are invited to apply.
- Application forms, FAQ and guidance: www.msc.org/scholarship
- Deadline: 31 March 2018.
Looking for inspiration? Did you know you can use light to eliminate turtle bycatch? Find out more about past scholarship winners https://www.msc.org/newsroom/news/msc-scholarships-to-help-fund-research-in-east-africa-and-kenya.
Good luck, and if you have any further queries please contact Scholarship@msc.org
The World Symposium on Climate Change and Biodiversity (WSCCB-2018) is organized by the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP), the Research and Transfer Centre 'Sustainable Development and Climate Change Management' of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany, and Manchester Metropolitan University (UK), in collaboration with a set of organizations.
The Symposium aims to address the need to not only better understand the impacts of climate change on biodiversity, but to also identify, test and implement measures aimed at managing the many risks climate change poses to fauna, flora and micro organisms. It will also address how to better restore and protect ecosystems from the impact of climate change. The Symposium will mobilize scholars, social movements, practitioners and members of governmental agencies, undertaking research and/or executing projects on climate change and biodiversity across the world.
The Symposium aims to make a contribution to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular SDG 1 (no poverty), SDG 2 (zero hunger), SDG 13 (climate action), SDG 14 (life below water) and SDG 15 (life on land).
For more information, visit the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences website.
Mon16Apr2018Online, Digital Event
Celebrate Earth Day Week 2018 at #EarthOptimism2018 - A Shared Digital Space for Inspiration and Creativity through Conservation Success Stories! On 16th of April, Smithsonian's online edX.org workshop for will be launched. It is free and available for everyone! Enroll here.
This free MOOC (Massive Online Open Course), hosted on edX.org, is a 5-session workshop focused on identifying conservation success stories and learning to share them on Twitter. The workshop will be available to learners across the globe. Use what you've learned to spotlight a conservation success story from our Earth Optimism 2017 Summit, or share a new story about an innovative conservation project or program in your community.
The GLOBMAR 2018 is scheduled to be held from 19th – 20th of April 2018 in Sopot, Poland on the theme of “Sustainable Shipping”. The organizing committee would like to cordially invite prospective participants to submit abstracts for assessment as conference papers.
The Global Maritime Conference (GLOBMAR 2018) is to provide an international forum for scientists and professionals in the academia, industry and government to address recent research results and to present and discuss their research, ideas, technologies, systems, tools and experiences in all theoretical and practical issues arising in the global maritime economy with special focus on current shipping, ports and administration issues.
For more information, visit the Uniwersytet Godanski website.
The World Conference on Marine Biodiversity (WCMB) has become the major focal assembly to share research outcomes, management and policy issues, and discussions on the role of biodiversity in sustaining ocean ecosystems. Arranged on a 3 - 4 year cycle, prior WCMB meetings (Valencia, Spain; Aberdeen, Scotland; Qingdao, China) have each attracted leading specialists from around the world, and catalyzed numerous sidebar sessions on marine biodiversity issues.
The 4th World Conference on Marine Biodiversity will be held at the Palais des congrès de Montréal, Québec, Canada, from May 13-16, 2018. This meeting will bring together scientists, practitioners, and policy makers to discuss and advance our understanding of the importance and current state of biodiversity in the marine environment. Through a mix of keynote sessions, contributed talks and posters, and bookable venues for focused meetings, the conference program will address marine biodiversity across a deliberately wide range of relevant sectors. Participation will be encouraged from the broadest possible range of stakeholder groups from academics to industry.
For more information, visit the WCMB website.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’s Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy and the Community Conservation Research Network, two major international networks, have teamed up to co-organize “Communities, Conservation and Livelihoods”, a global conference taking place May 28-30th 2018 in Halifax, Canada. It will be a unique highly-participatory gathering to explore the crucial role of local communities, around the world, in conserving local environments and at the same time supporting local economies and livelihoods. The meeting will also examine how governments, through their policy and practice, can best support these local conservation and livelihood initiatives.
More information on the website of the conference.
Mon04Jun2018Fri08Jun2018Cebu City, Philippines
The Asia Pacific Coral Reef Symposium seeks to provide a forum for scientists, educators, managers, environmentalists, and relevant local stakeholders from key organizations in the Asia-Pacific region to share their knowledge and experiences on all aspects of coral reef biology, ecology, management, and conservation.
The 1st APCRS was held in 2006 in Hong Kong. The number of participants increased from 250 in the 1st symposium to 450 in the 2nd symposium in Thailand and over 500 participants from more than 35 countries and regions attended the 3rd APCRS in Taiwan in 2014.
The symposium happens once in every four years.
For more information, visit the website of the symposium.
Mon11Jun2018Sun17Jun2018National University of Singapore, Singapore
The International Seagrass Biology Workshop series is the biennial lead event of the World Seagrass Association. In 2018, the 13th ISBW will be held in conjunction with the World Seagrass Conference (WSC) at the National University of Singapore, Singapore. The WSC will be held from 11 to 14 June, and ISBW13 from 15 to 17 June. This event is supported by DHI Water & Environment, the National Parks Board, and the National University of Singapore.
“Translating Science into Action” is the overarching theme for ISBW13. The theme is motivated by the ever-important need for effective communication of seagrass science amongst scientists, managers and practitioners, to better develop and implement science-based seagrass conservation and restoration policies.
For further information, please visit the conference's and workshop's website.
After five eventful years, the Blue Solutions project is in its final year of implementation and will come to an end in late 2018. To ensure the long-term availability of our Blue Solutions training courses, we are planning a workshop on “The Art of convening Blue Training Courses”.
For more information, read our Blue Solutions news article.
Mark your calendars for the 5th International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC5) which will be held in the beautiful city of Kuching in Sarawak! This conference will bring together marine conserpeople from many walks of life including but not limited to marine conservation scientists, practitioners, teachers, policy makers, and journalists. Join us all in the middle of the Indo-Pacific as we come together to help "Make Marine Science Matter!"
For more information, visit the IMCC5 website.
Article 25 of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) establishes an open-ended intergovernmental scientific advisory body known as the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) to provide the Conference of the Parties (COP) and, as appropriate, its other subsidiary bodies, with timely advice relating to the implementation of the Convention. As a subsidiary body of the COP, SBSTTA is to report regularly to the COP on all aspects of its work. Multidisciplinary and open to participation by all Parties, SBSTTA comprises government representatives competent in the relevant field of expertise. Its functions include: providing assessments of the status of biological diversity; providing assessments of the types of measures taken in accordance with the provisions of the Convention; and responding to questions that the COP may put to the body.
SBSTTA has met 20 times to date and produced a total of 216 recommendations to the Conference of the Parties, some of which have been endorsed in full by the latter. Such endorsement makes these recommendations de facto decisions of the Conference of the Parties. Parts of other recommendations have also been endorsed, and many others have been taken up in modified form.
For more information, visit CBD's website.
The 4th GEO Blue Planet Symposium will serve as a forum for discussion of ocean and coastal information needs for sustainable development, Blue Growth and societal awareness. The symposium will bring together producers of ocean and coastal information and current and potential users of ocean and coastal information, who will share their experience with the audience.
For more information, visit the Blue Planet Oceans and Society Initiative website.
Are you using creative approaches to changing behaviors in order to tackle climate change? Have you helped people adopt more sustainable lifestyles and lower their carbon footprint? Rare, Conservation International, National Geographic, The Nature Conservancy , the United Nations Development Programme and the World Wildlife Fund are teaming up on a global search to identify successful efforts that are inspiring and enabling people to change the way they consume – the way they cook, eat, dispose of waste, purchase goods, travel, and more.
Submit your efforts to Solution Search for the chance to win $25,000, gain international exposure, and expand your potential partner and donor networks! Click here to apply by August 7, 2018.
By participating in Solution Search, you not only have the chance of winning funding and international recognition for your efforts – you can also change the world. Help us demonstrate that just as people are the cause of environmental challenges, they are also the solution.
Submit an entry, or if you know of someone doing great work, you can nominate them.
For more information, visit Solution Search: Climate Change Needs Behavior Change today!
The Blue Solutions Initiative will conduct the Blue Planning in Practice (BPiP) course in Equatorial Guinea in August for 5 days in collaboration with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Mami Wata and MarViva.
For further information on the training course and all open source materials, click here.
The Global Conference on Gender in Aquaculture & Fisheries (GAF7) will be the seventh major conference organised by Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries Section of the Asian Fisheries Society.
GAF conferences endeavour to explore the expanding horizons of gender dimensions in aquaculture and fisheries, while highlighting the need for expanding gender inclusiveness and equity.
For more information, visit the website of the conference.
Mon22Oct2018Fri26Oct2018Chiang Mai, Thailand
The 3rd World Small Scale Fisheries Congress (WSFC) is a transdisciplinary forum for anyone interested in small-scale fisheries to participate in an interactive discussion about the future of the world's small-scale fisheries.
The overall goal of the Congress is to facilitate opportunities for researchers, students, young professionals, practitioners, fishers and fishers’ organizations, environmental groups, and policymakers to share information about all aspects of small-scale fisheries and to formulate action plans and capacity development programs to support the implementation of the SSF Guidelines.
For more information, visit the website of the congress.
Since 2014, the Our Ocean Conferences have invited ocean leaders to commit to change, to transforming our shared challenges into opportunities for cooperation, innovation and entrepreneurship.
Previous conferences have seen a tremendous wave of commitments and billions of euros pledged. Our Ocean 2018 will continue to focus on six main areas of action: marine protected areas, sustainable fisheries, marine pollution, climate change, sustainable blue economy and maritime security.
In OOC 2018, nearly 1000 participants are expected to attend, including heads of states and government, foreign, economist, environment and fisheries ministers and other established and up-and-coming ocean leaders in government, business, finance, science, philanthropy, NGOs and civil society. Young and cutting edge innovators and entrepreneurs are to share the stage with well-known and dynamic global readers in ocean conservation.
For more information, visit the website of the conference.
Sat17Nov2018Thu29Nov2018Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt
The Conference of the Parties (COP) is the governing body of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and advances implementation of the Convention through the decisions it takes at its periodic meetings.
To date the Conference of the Parties has held 12 ordinary meetings, and one extraordinary meeting (the latter, to adopt the Biosafety Protocol, was held in two parts). From 1994 to 1996, the Conference of the Parties held its ordinary meetings annually. Since then these meetings have been held somewhat less frequently and, following a change in the rules of procedure in 2000, will now be held every two years.
For more information, visit the CBD website.
Mon19Nov201818:15 - 20:30hEgypt, Sharm El-Sheikh, CBD COP Venue, CEPA Tent (outside building 1)
The International Climate Initiative (IKI), on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, invites you to an
Evening Event celebrating
MARINE BIODIVERSITY – CREATING & EXCHANGING SOLUTIONS FOR OUR BLUE WORLD
Project partners from 11 current IKI projects promoting sustainable management and conservation of marine and coastal ecosystems in Latin America, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region will share with you their contributions to the Aichi targets and the 2050 Vision for Biodiversity.
The IKI invites you to join us and learn about IKI project experiences, discuss shared solutions for common challenges and to work together on new activities for sustaining our oceans.
Part I: Flashlight presentations & interactive panel session
High-level presenters will reflect on different themes covered by the IKI marine projects in Asia-Pacific, Latin America-Caribbean and Africa, including community-based mangrove management and the linkage between coasts and high seas.
Part II: Archipelago session
An informal gathering around posters (‘islands’) with marine IKI project representatives to exchange around current activities and project results.
Refreshments and food will be provided!
Fri06Dec201915:30 - 17:00hGerman Pavilion, IFEMA, Hall 6, Madrid
During the UN Climate Change Conference COP 25 (2 – 13 December 2019) the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) jointly organize the Side Event: Blue climate action: marine nature-based solutions for NDCs, in collaboration with Blue Solutions (GIZ, GRID-Arendal, IUCN, UNEP), Rare, Blue Action Fund and Save our Mangroves Now! (WWF Germany).
Nature-based Solutions significantly contribute to climate adaptation and mitigation, this is also identified in IPCC Special Report on oceans and cryosphere. Resilient coastal and marine ecosystems are key for coastal livelihoods, while additionally conserving biodiversity.
Featuring tangible examples of local action and international initiatives as well as resource mobilization, this event will highlight successes and challenges and provide clear linkages with the NDC process. The organizers want to explore among government representatives and development partners how marine Nature based Solutions can contribute to NDCs and accelerate climate action.
For more information, see official website of COP 25