SOS 2015 to tackle industry challenges and opportunities on ocean plan

What is the industry experience with marine spatial planning (MSP) around the globe, and what are the lessons to be learned? What are the issues affecting the interaction between fisheries and marine extractive industries, and how can science and communications help address them?

These are among the key questions to be addressed in several important sessions at the Sustainable Ocean Summit (Singapore, 9-11 November, 2015).

The ocean planning session will present the latest research and business perspectives on MSP and discuss how ocean planning could best work with and for the private sector as the future of the Blue Economy unfolds, withLucy Greenhill (Scottish Association for Marine Science) as chair.

A separate session will address Marine Mining, with an added focus on Fisheries Interactions with Extractive Industries, underthe guidance of session chairKen Lee (Director, Oceans and Atmosphere National Research Flagship, CSIRO, Australia).

The session will first consider the status of marine mining and what the advent of this new industry means for other ocean industries. Panelists will also focus on how marine mining should collaborate with other ocean industries on shared technical, technological and operational needs and opportunities and on common challenges regarding environmental management, ocean policy and governance.

In addition, a special high-level panel of company representatives will tackle the issues of:

  • What are the real and perceived conflicts between fisheries and marine extractive industries (oil and gas, marine mining)?
  • What science, experience, best practices and other information can help clarify the situation and dialogue process to improve the potential for cooperation and co-existence?

The ocean planning panel will review the challenges and potential value of MSP to business. Panelists with experience in MSP around the world will present findings from their regions, work and issues. Panelists will consider several key questions including:

  • What are the key challenges and concerns about MSP as it emerges at different locations and scales?
  • What are the opportunities for industries through MSP and how can they be optimized?
  • How can we ensure emerging MSP initiatives include industry’s needs and concerns?

For the SOS 2015 program, click Sustainable Ocean Summit program.

With less than 2 weeks to go until SOS 2015, space is becoming limited, so register for SOS 2015 to not miss the opportunity to participate in this 2-yearly gathering of the ocean business community to address leadership and collaboration in “Corporate Ocean Responsibility”.

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