Action Labs


Towards an EU Charter for the Fundamental Rights of Nature - How it can be used to set a new benchmark for ocean governance

Can an EU Fundamental Charter for the Rights of Nature help to shift society towards a focus on regeneration - including regeneration of our ocean? Join the discussion to hear about the proposal and how it could radically change the way we approach ocean governance in Europe. 

Bring your ideas, challenges and opportunities and help co-create a new approach to ocean governance with us. This discussion will help inform the EU Charter project as well as the wider policy objective of The Ocean Race Summits series championing improved ocean governance and Ocean Rights.

FacilitatorsMumta Ito - Founder Nature’s Rights and Silvia Bagni - expert in constitutional law from the University of Bologna, Italy 




Transforming our relationship with the Ocean: changing values and addressing fragmentation by using an Earth-centered approach

This session will tackle key questions, including: What Rights does the ocean have? What principles are vital to ensure effective implementation? What challenges will we need to be aware of? 

Join the discussion and help to co-create action for Ocean Rights. How can we build a fundamental framework that reframes our legal and governance systems? Help frame the specific issues that such a framework should tackle in order to implement an Earth-centered approach to ocean governance. This is an ambitious goal, and we need collaboration from all backgrounds to make it a reality.

Facilitator: Michelle Bender, Ocean Campaigns Director, Earth Law Center


Ocean Rights in Ocean Governance - Potential and Challenges

Global and regional rules for ocean governance have developed significantly in recent decades, as have the institutions that are responsible for them. However, ocean governance is still largely characterised by legal fragmentation, sectoral approaches, institutional complexity and weak enforcement.

Join a diverse group to hear and share perspectives on how ocean rights can help strengthen the ocean governance framework at a global or European level. The session will  also examine the challenges that legal and policy structures may pose to the uptake and operationalisation of ocean rights. 

Facilitator: David Langlet, Professor of Ocean Governance Law, University of Gothenburg


Unlocking Blue Carbon Finance in Europe through Certification

Carbon finance can be a critical source of funding for wetland conservation and restoration activities. To date, almost all of the blue carbon projects that have achieved certification under a GHG program have involved mangroves. However, there is a real need to conserve and restore other tidal wetland ecosystems as well, including seagrass meadows and tidal marshes.

Join a discussion with Verra - the organization that manages the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) Program, the world’s most widely used voluntary GHG program - about the opportunities and challenges for blue carbon certification and to identify key actions to unlock carbon finance for these activities in Europe.

Facilitator: Amy Schmid, Natural Climate Solutions Development Manager, Verra


A Just Transition for All

How can we ensure no-one is left behind in the transition to a low carbon economy? How can we ensure we have a Green Deal inclusive of ocean governance and ocean protection? Join this interactive session and contribute your insights on the most pressing challenges and discuss the innovative solutions that are needed to transition to a world where everyone can thrive.

Join the discussion led by young ocean advocates to co-create approaches and solutions for a just transition for all.

Facilitators: Marina Porto and Lucie Guirkinger - Youth Policy Advisory Council, Sustainable Ocean Alliance


Protecting Coastal Blue Carbon Ecosystems

Explore two sides of coastal blue carbon ecosystems’ protection - science and policy, with Blue Carbon Initiative and the International Partnership for Blue Carbon. Hear about what is happening in the UK and Spain in the blue carbon arena, how blue carbon can benefit your national targets and find out how to get more involved.

Facilitators: Emily Pidgeon - Blue Carbon Initiative and Elisabetta Bonotto - International Partnership for Blue Carbon


What is an effective Marine Protected Area?

The 30x30 movement aims to effectively safeguard at least 30% of the world’s ocean by 2030. The goal will be achieved by increasing the number of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and, crucially, ensuring that they are properly managed. It’s an ambitious goal, but it needs to be done carefully to avoid having a multitude of “paper parks”. 

MPAs can do wonders for the wildlife and habitats they support and are considered a key tool for climate adaptation and mitigation. However, we need to start the conversation by looking beyond the numbers and identifying effective MPAs.

Join the discussion to learn more about how an MPA can be effective, what the challenges are and how they can be tackled.

Facilitator: Nadine Seleem - International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) – Global Protected and Conserved Areas programme


Designing Community-led Conservation Solutions with Behavioral Insights

Virtually every environmental challenge faces a similar problem: changing behaviour.

This is riddled with challenges. It requires applying new tools and strategies to coordinate the necessary shifts within a community. Rare’s Center for Behavior & the Environment promotes Behavior-Centered Design (BCD) blends behavioral insights with human-centered design thinking in order to tackle these problems. During this Action Lab, attendees will learn about the BCD journey and effective levers of change and then try their hand at one of the BCD steps.

Facilitator: Kevin Green - Senior Director of Rare's Center for Behavior & the Environment (BE.Center)