Can We Use the Ocean in a Sustainable Way?
In Kiel, marine scientists discuss strategies for responsible use of the ocean
From March 4-6, 2015 more than 140 scientists from 22 countries and different disciplines, representatives of politics, society, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), as well as young researchers are meeting at the Ocean Sustainability Science Symposium in Kiel to discuss the sustainable protection and the responsible use of the ocean and its coasts. Organizer of the three-day conference is Kiel’s Cluster of Excellence “The Future Ocean”.
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.
please find the symposium announcement here
please find the preliminary agenda here