Conference | Oceans in crisis: Strengthening sustainable governance

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Date(s) - 16/10/2017
12:00 - 15:00

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 Press briefing with Prof Dr Mojib Latif on October 16, 2017 on

Oceans in crisis: Strengthening sustainable governance


Monday, 16 October | 12:00 – 14:45

  Press Club Brussels, Rue Froissart 95, 1040 Brussels

Oceans are rich in resources and provide people with food, energy, and a stable climate. Nevertheless, the future of these unique ecosystems is endangered by overfishing, loss of biodiversity, deep-sea mining and marine pollution. The EU integrated maritime policy prioritizes blue growth and industrial development in coastal regions, including the promotion of deep-sea mining but lacks strong legal safeguards for ensuring the protection of the deep sea and the rights of coastal communities.

During the press briefing, Prof Dr Mojib Latif, Oceanographer and Head of the Research Division: Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research in Kiel will discuss the HBS Ocean Atlas 2017 and challenges related to the sustainable governance of the ocean.

If you would like to know more about the Ocean Atlas it and the before mentioned ecological challenges, there will be a presentation of the Ocean Atlas beginning at 12:30h sharp. The presentation will be followed by a discussion among panel speakers from politics, industry and civil society about Blue Growth, deep-sea mining and plastic pollution, as well as to what extent the EU could play a leadership role in the international maritime protection and set the course for global actions. Please find attached the background and detailed agenda of the core event.


Agenda in brief

12:00h – 12:30h: Lunch

12:30h – 14:00h: Presentation and Panel discussion

14:15h – 14:45h: Press briefing


Register here by Wednesday, 11 October (providing your name, organisation and position).

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For those who are not able to attend the conference but would like to follow the debate, the event will be webstreamed via the following link:

We look forward to your participation!