World Ocean Summit about to begin in Lisbon

Economist Impact’s 10th annual World Ocean Summit and Expo in Lisbon in late February and early March will feature at least 180 speakers and 1,500 attendees with a focus on “Tackling the greatest challenges facing the ocean: climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution”. 

Day One will focus on two tracks: blue finance, and ocean data and science. Day Two will have three simultaneous tracks on ocean climate solutions, shipping, and cities and the ocean. Day Three will feature tracks on plastics and blue food as well as an investment hub.

Ahead of the summit the World Ocean Initiative highlights blogs from some of the speakers. We look forward to your engagement and participation in Lisbon!

Highlights of recent World Ocean Initiative coverage:

Subnational governments and advancing the blue economy are pivotal to building coastal resilience
If we want to build coastal climate resilience we need to take ocean action, while also boosting blue-economy jobs and growth. A blog by Kobie Brand, deputy secretary-general, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, regional director, ICLEI Africa, and speaker at the upcoming World Ocean Summit.
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Aquaculture needs an overhaul based on sustainable, local and land-based production
Aquaculture can become an accelerator of environmental and societal decay—or the bedrock of our resilience. A blog by Patricia Ricard, president of the Paul Ricard Oceanographic Institute and speaker at the upcoming World Ocean Summit.
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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. A blog by Luís Araújo, president of Turismo de Portugal and speaker at the upcoming World Ocean Summit.
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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. A blog by Robyn Shilland, director of the Association for Coastal Ecosystem Services, and Mwanarusi Mwafrica, project co-ordinator of Vanga Blue Forest and speaker at the upcoming World Ocean Summit.
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