The SSIA is holding its annual conference in Oban on Tuesday 18th February 2020 followed by a day of workshops at SAMS on Wednesday 19th.
To build on the success of its previous conferences, the directors of the SSIA have started to plan this year’s event, which will take place again in Oban, in February. The change of timing is to reflect comments that November is a busy time for those cultivating seaweed.
One of the most vulnerable marine habitats to climate change are coral reefs, marine invertebrates that accumulate a skeleton of calcium carbonate, building complex three-dimensional structures over thousands of years. While these habitats only cover 0.5% of the ocean floor, they account for up to 25% of all marine species, making them the most biodiverse ecosystems on earth1. Furthermore, they provide many ecosystem services to human society, from protection against storm flooding to sustaining the fishing and tourism industries.
The UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted on 10 December two resolutions on Oceans and Law of the Seas and on Sustainable Fisheries. In this context, the EU called for urgent, resolute and ambitious international action by all States in line with agreed commitments to counter the impacts of climate change on the oceans such as ocean acidification, ocean-warming, reduced fisheries catch potential and rising sea levels.
In this episode, Euronews is visiting Seychelles to see some of the climate-related challenges that Small Island Developing States are facing — from coral die-off to coastal erosion, flooding, farming damage and freshwater loss due to salt water intrusion. Euronews talks to Seychelles climate adaptation officer Jean-Claude Labrosse, the EU Ambassador Vincent Degert, NGO activists and common citizens about the main threats associated with climate change and actions to mitigate their consequences, including the EU-financed climate change adaptation programme.
Healthy oceans are a priority in the fight against climate change. To highlight the role of science in policy-making and the opportunities provided by oceans in tackling the climate challenge, the European Commission is organising an ‘EU Ocean Day’ on 7 December during the COP 25, the UN Climate Change Conference (2 – 13 December 2019).
Few countries are in a better position to benefit from the blue bioeconomy than Iceland. For much of its modern history, the North Atlantic nation’s economy relied on the sea. Fish and fish products still make up about 40% of Iceland’s commodity exports.
This international workshop aims to provide a forum for negotiators at the United Nations and relevant stakeholders (e.g. civil society, private sector, international organisations, academia, science) to discuss particular issues relating to the environmental impact assessments (EIA) part of the ongoing negotiations on a future instrument on marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ process).
As Steering Group of the Blue Bioeconomy Forum we are now proud to present you this Roadmap for the blue bioeconomy that should help the blue bioeconomy fulfil its potential and flourish. We thank all people that contributed to this Roadmap and the discussions leading to it, and wish this Roadmap is used well!
Every year, some 8 million tons of plastic enter the sea. As it slowly degrades, plastic marine litter turns into microplastics, becomes ingested by animals and in turn enters the human food chain. The EU is determined to solve this issue once and for all. But public policy and legislation alone cannot solve this problem: a clean ocean is the responsibility of all.
The map of the week features the stratigraphy of the European sea-floor at the age level.
The Map of the week features the Marine Protected Areas of the Natura 2000 network, with a focus on European seas. These protected areas consist of Special Protection Areas (SPA’s) under the Birds Directive and of Areas of Special Conservation Interest (or Sites of Community Importance; SCI’s) under the Habitats Directive.
EMD Conference and Expo is the place where ‘Ocean Leaders Meet’. It provides an interactive experience to catch up on the current state of play on a broad range of issues concerning the blue economy and the marine environment and discuss ways of moving forward. It features a large number of excellent speakers, multiple breakout sessions and project pitch sessions organised by stakeholders and European Commission services as well as hundreds of B2B meetings. EMD targets professionals from businesses, governments, public institutions, NGOs and academia.