The ocean is currently governed by many different legal structures of varying levels of complexity, that reside within numerous local, national, European and international, European bodies, national and local sectors and institutions. This often poses challenges for effective and sustainable governance. In this session we assess how this current system is working and hear of an ambitious mission to ‘Revamp ocean governance’.
HIGH SEAS PERSPECTIVES
Sailors taking part in The Ocean Race have unrivalled experiences of the seas, including some of the most remote parts of our planet. In this session discover a sailor's perspective and bird's eye view of the High Seas. Find out how offshore racers are helping scientists understand climate and weather systems and how sailors are sharing solutions within the marine industry.
Government leaders reveal what they are doing to enable better sustainably managed national waters and protection of the High Seas. What is driving them to join the 30x30 movement in designating critical marine ecosystems to be highly protected and how will they make this much needed protection happen?
Can Nature have rights? Whilst humans and corporations enjoy the highest protection that the law offers - legal personhood and rights - Nature is treated in law as objects, property or resources... why is this? We are all part of Nature. What does rights of nature offer that current environmental law does not? Can rights of Nature enhance and strengthen current policies and act to protect Nature in a systemic way? This session explores the fundamentals of the rights of Nature and why this could be the answer to a thriving, sustainable future for all life on Earth.
RIGHTS OF NATURE
We explore what nature-based rights can bring to Europe’s largest saltwater lagoon and whether they could offer this waterbody the protection it needs to return to health and enable its surrounding community to thrive again. Ecocide is also highlighted, showing how it fits within the legal structure of nature-based rights and how it is helping to protect nature in Europe.
OCEAN & CLIMATE
Exploring the ocean and climate nexus we discuss blue carbon sequestration and how the ocean is our planet's hero in the race to zero, with the potential to help countries achieve the Paris Agreement target. We also look at how the EU can focus on the Green Deal through a blue lens.
How can protecting ecosystems in the ocean help us combat climate change and support the Race to Zero, Paris Agreement and the Green Deal? We dive into some of the pioneering and scalable blue carbon sequestration solutions happening in Europe.
Action Labs are interactive sessions in which participants share solutions, best practice, challenges, gaps and opportunities within one of three key topics: Ocean Governance, Ocean & Climate and Ocean Protection. Proposals will be created, following each of the 40 minute Labs, which will be presented to the world community in New York in September 2023.
A JUST TRANSITION FOR PEOPLE AND PLANET
Leaders from across the globe come together to share their commitments and actions to protect and restore the ocean, as we work towards a blue-green recovery. This session explores how they will put the ocean at the heart of the climate conversation and ensure there is a just transition in trying to achieve climate targets.
YOUTH BLUE CALL TO ACTION
Hear from youth on their call for world leaders to protect the ocean and to recognise the opportunities in nature-based solutions, such as blue carbon to help mitigate the climate crisis.