A Clean Ocean (17 – 19 November 2021)

A clean ocean where sources of pollution are identified and removed.

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To sustain life and economic activity, the ocean must be clean. Stakeholders will collaborate to identify pollutants and their sources to the ocean by 2025, remove contaminants from the ocean by 2030 and support society’s transition to a pollutant-minimizing circular economy.

Societies worldwide generate plastic, noise, and harmful chemicals. Whatever the source, these actions on present or increased scales are unsustainable stressors for a clean ocean. The critical gaps in our knowledge of the causes and sources of ocean pollution and its effects must urgently be addressed with interdisciplinary science and transformation of the generated knowledge to society, policy and economy -  for the clean ocean we want.

A Clean Ocean: Speakers & Moderators

SPEAKER

Kyle Becker

Program Officer, Office of Naval Research

Speaker

Laura Cimoli

Postdoctoral Researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego

SPEAKER

Colin Devey

Oceanic Volcanism – Research Division “Dynamics of the Ocean Floor”, GEOMAR - Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel

SPEAKER

Christine Erbe

Professor and Director, Centre for Marine Science & Technology, Curtin University

Speaker

Elva Escobar Briones

Professor in Oceanography, Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnología (ICML) UNAM

SPEAKER

Sofia Fürstenberg Stott

Partner at Fürstenberg Maritime Advisory

Speaker

Judith Gobin

Head of Department of Life Sciences, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago

MODERATOR

Monika Jones

International TV and Conference Host

SPEAKER

Peter Kershaw

Independent Consultant, marine environmental protection

SPEAKER

Kenneth M. Y. Leung

Director of State Key Lab. of Marine Pollution, Chair Professor of Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry, City University of Hong Kong

SPEAKER

Torben Riehl

Research Scientist, Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum Frankfurt

SPEAKER

Vladimir Ryabinin

Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO

SPEAKER

Jörn Schmidt

Chair of Science Committee, International Council for the Exploration of the Sea

SPEAKER

Jana Steingaesser

Project management and communication, Okeanos Foundation for the Sea

SPEAKEr

Hugo Tagholm

Chief Executive, Surfers Against Sewage

PROGRAM CORE EVENT

17 NOVEMBER, 4.00 PM – 8.00 PM CET

MODERATOR

Monika Jones, International TV and Conference Host, Germany

4:00 pm CET

OPENING

Opening remarks

Volker Rieke, Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany
Vladimir Ryabinin, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO
Angelika Brandt, chair expert group “clean ocean”, Senckenberg Society for
     Nature Research, Germany

4:10 pm CET

WHAT IS A CLEAN OCEAN?

Panel discussion

Co-moderation
Colin Devey, ocean expert, Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Kiel, Germany

 Panelists
— Sewage pollution: Hugo Tagholm, Surfers Against Sewage, UK
Heidi Tait, CEO & Founder at Tangaroa Blue Foundation
— Effects of pollution on shallow and deep seas: Judith Gobin, University of
    The West Indies
— Reducing plastic pollution of the seas: Ben Jack, Director, Programmes Common Seas

Q&A with audience
 

4:50 pm CET

THE QUEST FOR CHANGE – the need for knowledge sharing and capacity building

Interactive breakout session

Co-moderation
Elva Escobar, deep-sea life expert, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Colin Devey, ocean expert, Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Kiel, Germany
Kaveh Samimi, corals of the Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean expert
Harriet Harden-Davies, biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction expert
Simon Jungblut, International Conference for Young Marine Researchers & German
     National Ocean Decade Comittee

Speakers
— Cutting marine litter: Heidi Savelli, UN Environment Programme
— Improving governance of large marine ecosystems: David Vousden, Rhodes
    University, Republic of South Africa
— Supporting the science-policy nexus for a clean ocean:
     Peter John Kershaw, Independent consultant, UK
— Spread the word but not the noise: Christine Erbe, Director, Centre for Marine   
     Science & Technology (CMST, Curtin University)

6:00 pm CET

ARTISTIC BREAK

6:15 pm CET

REPORTS FROM THE BREAKOUT SESSION

—  Monika Jones, International TV and Conference Host, Germany

6:30 pm CET

“CLEAN UP”

Panelists

—  Waste as a cultural challenge: Jana Steingässer, Okeanos Foundation,
      Pacific Island voices

—  Peia Patai, Fleet Commander
—  Smarter shipping: Sofia Fürstenberg Stott, Industry representative
—  More and better education for sustainable development: Gina Bonne, Indian
      Ocean Commission (IOC)
—  Maurice Loustau-Lalanne, Chair of the Seychelles Island Foundation
—  Jessica Nilsson, Chair of PAME, Arctic Council’s work on marine issues

Q&A with audience
 

7:15 pm CET

ENDORSED PROGRAMS

Speakers (in speaking order)

— Cleaner estuaries: Kenneth Mei Yee Leung, State Key Laboratory of Marine  
     Pollution (City University of Hong Kong)
     “Global Estuaries Monitoring (GEM) Programme”

— Quieter oceans: Kyle Becker, Office of Naval Research, USA
     “Ocean Decade Research Programme on the Maritime Acoustic Environment”

— Comparing the ocean 150 years ago and today: Kerry Howell, University
     of Plymouth, UK
    “Challenger 150 – A Decade to Study Deep-Sea Life”

— Spreading know-how for cleaner oceans: Jörn Schmidt, International Council for
     Exploration of the Seas, Copenhagen, Denmark
      “Sustainability of Marine Ecosystems through global knowledge networks”

 — Monitoring and conserving the deep ocean: Laura Cimoli, Scripps Institution
      of Oceanography, USA
     “Deep Ocean Observing Strategy”

Q&A with audience
 

8:00 pm CET

LOOKING FORWARD

Wrap-up and next steps

Cleaner oceans from near shore to mid-ocean, sea floor to sea surface, and Antarctica to the North Pole: Angelika Brandt, deep-sea biodiversity expert, Senckenberg Society for Nature Research, Germany

WRAP-UP

19 SEPTEMBER, 4.00 PM – 5.30 PM CET

17 November, 8:00 – 10:00 pm CET, 18 November, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm CET and 19 November, 9:00 – 11:00 am CET

One Integrated Marine Debris Observing System for a Clean Ocean (English/French)

This event explores how the Integrated Marine Debris Observing System (IMDOS) can strengthen the scientific knowledge on marine litter pollution to support research, innovating solutions, and mitigating actions.

17 November, 9:00 – 10:30 pm CET

How to Achieve a Clean Ocean in the Southern Ocean Region

This Activity is an opportunity to discuss how to maintain a Clean Southern Ocean by strengthening links between science, industry & policy in order to develop techniques suitable for polar conditions & activities for solving gaps in knowledge/data.

18 November, 6:00 – 7:40 am CET

Remould: Improving Plastics Management in Asia Pacific

A practical workshop that will draw on the Plastic Management Index - the first attempt to quantify plastic management practices at a country level - to provide policymakers and stakeholders with tools to improve national plastic management efforts.

18 November, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm CET

Inspiring Science and Society to tackle Marine Litter

The Marine Litter challenge must prompt scientists, governments, industry, environmental groups and citizens to take urgent action and to work together. This webinar aims to strengthen those interactions, contributing to a Joint Strategy.

18 November, 9:00 – 9:30 am CET

OPUS Whales. Do you copy?

Opus Whales explores the invisible threat of underwater anthropogenic noise from an artistic slant. A brief experience to empathize with creatures that rely on sound to survive.

18 November, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm CET

Stockholm Convention on POPs: 20 Years of Action

This webinar is a general guide to the current implementation of the Stockholm Convention regarding the problem of POPs pollution and prospects of further actions within the framework of the UN Ocean Program.

18 November, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm CET

Toward a Clean and Sustainable Mediterranean Sea

This Satellite Activity aims to give voice to several Mediterranean experiences of tackling marine litter, looking at best practices between marine litter, its prevention and remediation, and highlighting programs implemented in Mediterranean areas.

18 November, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CET and 10:00 – 11:00 pm CET

Uniting Maritime with Ocean Science for a Clean Ocean

3 hypotheses for a clean ocean: 1. Maritime activities can provide enablers for clean ocean science and research, 2.The shipping sector can be stimulated to support a clean ocean, 3.The opposite of a clean ocean will greatly impact shipping.

All Satellite Activities

OCEAN DECADE LABORATORIES

7 – 8 JULY 2021

AN INSPIRING AND ENGAGING OCEAN

An inspiring and engaging ocean where society understands and values the ocean.

15 – 17 SEPTEMBER 2021

A PREDICTED OCEAN

A predicted ocean where society has the capacity to understand current and future ocean conditions.

17 – 19 NOVEMBER 2021

A CLEAN OCEAN

A clean ocean where sources of pollution are identified and removed.

22 – 24 FEBRUARY 2022

A PRODUCTIVE OCEAN

A sustainably harvested and productive ocean ensuring the provision of food supply.

9 – 11 MARCH 2022

A HEALTHY AND RESILIENT OCEAN

A healthy and resilient ocean where marine ecosystems are mapped and protected.

5 – 7 APRIL 2022

A SAFE OCEAN

A safe ocean where people are protected from ocean hazards.

10 – 12 MAY 2022

AN ACCESSIBLE OCEAN

An accessible ocean with good governance, open access to data, information and technologies.