This roundtable will bring together marine scientists, social scientists and legal researchers who have experience in contributing to UN policy processes on the ocean. Researchers will share their personal stories of how they became involved in UN negotiations and what they have learnt about how to provide the “science that’s needed” to international policy-makers.
The roundtable will be followed by an open discussion on the challenges of balancing advocacy and scientific advice, establishing cooperation between academic researchers and activists, and ensuring access to policy processes for scientists from the Global South.
The discussion will also address the role of funding for enhancing the science-policy interface as a contribution to the UN Decade of Ocean Science.
Lalela uLwandle (“Listen to the Sea” in isiZulu) is a research-based theatre play from South Africa that makes visible stories of those living with the ocean that are seldom seen or heard in the public domain. Lalela uLwandle weaves together contemporary concerns of diverse coastal communities around intergenerational environmental injustices, tangible and intangible ocean heritage, marine science and the myriad threats to ocean health.
The event offers an opportunity to explore more democratic methods of engagement in ocean governance directly with the researchers, director and actor involved in Empatheatre. It will feature a dialogue on how coastal communities, researchers, civil society and public officers can connect across geographies, as well as across age, race and class divides, on global and local ocean-related challenges through an innovative form of participatory policy development.
Feedback comments and responses on the digital storytelling video and web text will be made available for those who do not make the live discussion.
Marine plastics have captured the world’s attention over the past few years, including for its impacts on human health and the wider environment.
This interactive session will explore how we can better address this crisis, discussing global and national efforts, including bans on single-use plastics, individual behavioral change (using less plastic in daily life, and recycling where possible), and the role of academia and the private sector.
Kenya Marine and Fisheries Marine Institute
The critical role that oceans play in our environment, health and livelihoods, and the importance of safeguarding the ocean environment has never been more important. Engaging future leaders in the ocean through innovative ocean education is critical to equip children with the tools and experiences to become champions of sustainable oceans in the future.
But how do children engage with the ocean? And what does this look like in the classroom? How can we engage children with the ocean, even if they do not live near it, in ways that stays with them throughout their education and beyond?
This webinar explores how ocean literacy can be brought to the classroom, and beyond, through multi-disciplinary project based learning in different education contexts from small island schools to large urban schools far from the ocean.
With presentations from Class Teachers from around the world, the session will explore existing programmes, such as the Island Explorers programme, to share experiences and practices and discuss what works in education for ocean literacy and sustainability. With leading education organisations, and input from the UN World Ocean Day Youth Advisory Council, we will also discuss how pupils can move beyond their school experience to push the boundaries of action and policy on oceans.
Jordanhill Primary School
Gymnasium of Astipalea
UN World Ocean Day Youth Advisory Council
The Edge Foundation
South African Natural Biodiversity Institute
Island Explorers Programme
University of Strathclyde
The Indlela yokuphila event offers a digital storytelling experience, using illustrations and voice over, of the soul’s journey through the oceans in Zulu traditional ancestral belief. The soul’s journey is remarkably similar to the scientific idea of the water lifecycle. This journey was explained during an interview with a traditional Zulu historian, and a traditional Zulu healer for the One Ocean Hub research project on transformative ocean governance in South Africa.
The social scientists and artists working on this project use this storytelling to illustrate how, if we are willing to listen closely, scientific knowledge and indigenous knowledge can at times align. It offers an interactive discussion with the researchers and artists on how novel arts-based research approaches reveal shared, inter-related concerns around our oceans within scientific and indigenous knowledge systems. This assists in bridging current disconnects between knowledge systems within oceans-related decision making.
(Feedback comments and responses on the digital storytelling video and web text will be made available for those who do not make the live discussion).
Marine scientists from the UK and South Africa will share their journeys of increasing depth. Featuring exciting imagery from the deep ocean, scientists will share their experience of deep water ecosystems, explain their importance from a scientific perspective, as well as for the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Key catalysts and challenges for deep sea research will be discussed and the session aims to distil opportunities for improved capacity for research, policy and management of the deep ocean.
Members of the audience will be able to ask the researchers about the mysteries of the deep seas and exchange views on how to best to develop deep sea research capacity and convey scientific findings to relevant policy processes at the national and international levels.
This event will offer an opportunity todiscuss how different international actors and national governments are engaging with the blue economy in what ways they expect the blue economy to contribute to the realization of the SDGs.
The event will also share local-level research on the impacts of blue economy initiatives on coastal communities, and the challenges arising from increasing interest among foreign investors for marine spaces and resources.
In order to resolve the decline in the health of our oceans, upcoming generations will need an increasingly diverse skill set to effectively address this complex challenge.
This event will provide an opportunity to interact with early-career and established ocean researchers and hear about their experiences, to find out about career pathways that aim to develop evidence and solutions to protect and restore our ocean and learn about how you can join a global cohort of oceans researchers!
Participants include representatives from All Atlantic Ocean Youth Ambassador Program.
Art, in all its forms, has an important role to play in global decisions about integrated and inclusive ocean governance. Creative practices offer opportunities to share multiple conceptions and values of the sea, providing an outlet for the views of groups that are often under-represented in conventional approaches to ocean science and management.
As a form of mass communication, art is a means of exchanging world-views and presents an active domain that has the ability to reach international agencies and marginalised communities alike. This webinar brings together creative practitioners to discuss the means by which art can transfer knowledge, democratise international debates and transcend dogmatic policy implementation. It will consist of artist practitioners active in this field across multiple global regions presenting on their work as well as taking part in a Q&A.
The panel will also have representatives from the UK based One Ocean Hub arts-based research programme that is specifically promoting community based arts activity as a means of influencing ocean governance in Africa and the South Pacific.
George Nuku is a Māori artist who, for the past 33 years, has worked in stone, bone, wood, shell, polystyrene & plexiglass. He carries the art traditions of his people, handed down for thousands of years, that promise to expand life and enhance survival. For the past 6 years his installation projects titled ‘Bottled Ocean’ have toured the world, both presenting and collaborating with institutions and communities globally. George is of Māori, Scot and German descent.
Ronny Kareni is a West Papuan musician and activist, and for the last 10 years, a community youth engagement worker in Australia. He graduated in diplomacy studies at the Australian National University, is co-founder of Rize of the Morning Star, a cultural and musical movement, and a representative of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua.
Rosabelle (Rose) Boswell is a poet and anthropologist who was born on the island of Mauritius in the southwest Indian Ocean Region. She is a South African National Research Foundation (NRF) Rated Researcher and Professor of Ocean Cultures and Heritage at Nelson Mandela University, South Africa.
Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas is confident that diversity and hybridity are evolutionary strengths common to all members of a species. This may go some distance in explaining why he likes to muck about in all sorts of art practices from politics to sculpture, Haida manga books and murals to opera librettos, then again maybe he just can’t stay focused.
The interplay between law and the customs, fishing practices and collective rights of Indigenous peoples has shaped and continues to shape national and international approaches to the conservation and sustainable use of the ocean.
This webinar will explore three case studies across Australia, the Pacific Northwest (the US), and South Africa, examining the impacts and legacies of colonisation and decolonisation on the customs and rights of coastal communities, and the role that the law plays in the development and dismantling of colonial institutions that continue to have an impact on ocean governance.
The event will also discuss the importance of ensuring the inclusion, knowledge, perspectives, and rights of Indigenous peoples when approaching contemporary ocean challenges.
Dr Saskia Vermeylen – The Saltwater Collection and Sea Rights: A Tapestry of Belonging, Memory and Relational Laws
Dr Jackie Sunde – Decolonizing Marine Governance and Law: Contributions from living customary law along the coast in South Africa
Dr Joshua L. Reid – From “Fishing Together” to “To Fish in Common With”: Makah Marine Waters and the Making of the Settler Commons in Washington Territory
Academic researchers will discuss the value, difficulties and process of developing shared language and approaches to integrate many sources of traditional and contemporary knowledge, including that of fisherfolk, with a view to developing enduring solutions to ocean challenges.
The event will seek to identify contributions to the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. For instance, with regard to sustainable fisheries management, understanding the local fishing practices and political economies into which scientific advice and modelling is necessary to ensure that models are answering the correct questions.
As we emphasise efforts to restore and protect our oceans and fulfil the objectives of SDG14, we will need to think about the interface between crime and the use of the ocean.
Wildlife crime is an obvious threat to sustainability goals with the perennial question being: how do we prevent illegal activity while enabling other ocean uses and investments? Yet, still, the ocean is a site of other illegal activities, such as trafficking, piracy and smuggling, that increase the complexity of managing and regulating our oceans.
The aim will be to hear from experts from different disciplinary and professional backgrounds, and from relevant oversight agencies—including UNDOC, about the trade-offs and current innovative approaches to securing our oceans, while preserving the ability of people to benefit from sustainable ocean use.
Kimon de Greef
Prof Moenieba Isaacs
University of the Western Cape
Javier Guerrero C.,
Metropolitan Technology Institute,