The World Ocean Summit in Lisbon at the end of February and early March will bring the ocean community together to inspire ocean solutions. This year will be vital in making progress on building a sustainable ocean economy in order to tackle the three interconnected planetary crises: climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution.
There are huge opportunities to make progress in 2023. Strong demand for blue-carbon projects and the development of renewable marine energy will help combat climate change. Further progress is also likely on a legally binding UN treaty to end plastic pollution (which is set to come into force by 2024) and a high seas treaty to protect biodiversity.
We are looking forward to seeing you in Lisbon!
Highlights of recent World Ocean Initiative coverage:
Coastal cities are building sustainable blue economies
“Coastal cities have to evolve from a parasitic relationship [with the ocean] to a symbiotic relationship where each benefit from the other”
COP15 Dispatch: Will the new global biodiversity deal save the ocean?
Nearly 200 countries have committed to protect at least 30% of land and seas by 2030, but quality of implementation will be key to success.
Creating a better planet through better tourism
Portugal aims to be a pioneer in protecting the ocean through sustainability initiatives and innovation in all industries linked to the ocean—with tourism a key driver and focus.
Ensuring justice for communities in the blue carbon boom
With the current boom in demand and funding for blue carbon, there is great potential for climate, environmental and social benefits to be realised. It is essential, however, that this “blue carbon fever” doesn’t allow quantity to take priority over quality.
Infographic: The ocean flows through all 17 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals
While the ocean fits neatly into SDG14: Life Below Water, it also plays a vital role in achieving the entire UN sustainability agenda. Learn how.
10th annual World Ocean Summit & Expo
February 27th-March 1st 2023
Registration now open
2nd annual Sustainability Week Asia
February 7th – 9th 2023
Registration now open
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