A Healthy and Resilient Ocean

9 – 11 March 2022

A healthy and resilient ocean in which marine ecosystems are mapped and protected.

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The ocean’s health is in decline. Unsustainable activities on land and in the ocean are accelerating the degradation of marine ecosystems through multiple impacts. To reduce the impacts, including climate change, they must first be measured. And then marine and costal ecosystems can be monitored, protected and healed.

Multiple human stressors in the form of unsustainable activities are part of a complex interaction with climate change. We do not know everything about ecosystems and their reactions to multiple stressors yet. But such knowledge is urgently required for creating tools for marine ecosystem management frameworks tasked with building resilience, monitoring thresholds and avoiding ecological tipping points. They will ensure that the ocean ecosystem functions sustainably, and its services continue to be provided for the benefit of society and the planet.

Documentation

Over 600 people from 78 countries joined forces at the fourth Ocean Decade Laboratory "A Healthy and Resilient Ocean".

Scientists and other relevant stakeholders of society discussed what is necessary for a healthy ocean, interlinked with traditional knowledge. The Core Event was accompanied by 32 Satellite Activities held all over the world, which were then streamed together into one, three-day long Ocean Decade Laboratory from 9 to 11 March 2022. One Satellite Activity initiated by British NGO "Common Seas" explained a global partnership launched to spearhead plastic policy aimed at an 85 per cent reduction in plastic waste. Another Satellite Activity focused on how society and science are collaborating for a healthy ocean in China. The Ocean Decade Laboratory "A Healthy and Resilient Ocean" concluded with a Wrap-up on 11 March.

Please find a five-minute documentation below. You can also watch the entire Core Event and the Wrap-up session here: Core Event and Wrap-up.

SATELLITE ACTIVITIES

9 March, 8:00 – 9:00 pm CET

Marine Monitor (M2): Ocean Conservation Technology

This event will showcase the ProtectedSeas Marine Monitor (M2), a vessel-monitoring platform proven in the field, for consideration as an Ocean Decade program. Learn how M2 advances understanding of human activity in coastal areas around the world.

10 March, 9:00 – 11:00 am CET

Science and Society Collaborate for a Healthy Ocean in China

This Satellite Activity aims to promote and facilitate more engaged science and public participation initiatives showing the relevance of science-society engagement to a healthy and resilient ocean in China. Come and join us!

10 March, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm CET

Achieving a Healthy and Resilient Southern Ocean

This Activity aims to engage a wider range of stakeholders beyond those that have been involved in the Southern Ocean process so far. By convening diverse voices, we hope to provide a platform for people to connect and turn ideas into actions.

10 March, 2:00 – 4:00 pm CET

Restoring Oysters for a Healthy Ocean

The workshop aims to gather NORA (Native Oyster Restoration Alliance) experts to explain the project RemediOS (Mar Menor, Spain). The NORA community will present their knowledge, i.e. historical ecology, ecosystems services and restoration actions.

10 March, 5:00 – 7:00 pm CET

Plastic Pollution in the Southern Ocean: A Global Outlook

Plastic pollution has reached even the Southern Ocean, regarded as one of the most pristine wildernesses on our planet. This event will discuss innovative solutions and mitigating actions to tackle plastic pollution within a global-scale perspective.

10 March, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm CET

Policy & Management for Addressing Climate-Ocean Change

Partners across the Ocean Acidification Research for Sustainability UN Decade program are helping decision-makers better understand climate impacts on marine resources and implement local actions that reduce impacts and increase resiliency.

10 March, 6:00 – 8:30 pm CET

A Sustainable Blue Economy For A Healthy, Resilient Ocean

For a healthier future, we need to ensure that ocean-based economic activities are sustainable. This workshop will help raise awareness around the environmental, social and economic importance of fostering a sustainable blue economy.

11 March, 3:00 – 7:00 am CET

Ecosystem Services & Monitoring in Asia Pacific

This session will introduce the ecosystem monitoring program and the marine ecosystem services (NCPs) assessment in our region. In
particular, we expect to enhance collaboration with AP MBON and Marine
Life 2030 programs.

ALL SATELLITE ACTIVITIES

Co-Chairs

SPEAKER/CO-MODERATOR

Tim Jennerjahn

Workgroup Leader, Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT), Bremen, Germany

SPEAKER/CO-MODERATOR

Karen Wiltshire

Vice Director, Alfred Wegener Institute & Director, Biological Station Helgoland, Germany

SPEAKERS & MODERATORS

SPEAKER

Kristin Burmeister

Postdoctoral Researcher in Physical Oceanography, Scottish Association of Marine Science (SAMS), UK

SPEAKER

Karen Evans

Principal Research Scientist, Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia

SPEAKER

Nelson A. Lagos

Director, Centro de Investigación e Innovación para el Cambio Climático, Universidad Santo Tomás, Chile

SPEAKER

Aisa O. Manlosa

Postdoctoral Researcher, Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT), Bremen, Germany

SPEAKER

Alicia Mateos-Cárdenas

Postdoctoral Researcher, University College Cork, Ireland

SPEAKER

Kenneth Paul

Member of the Wolastoqey Nation, Canada

SPEAKER

Vladimir Ryabinin

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

SPEAKER

Anya Waite

CEO & Scientific Director, Ocean Frontier Institute, Canada

MORE SPEAKERS & MODERATORS

PROGRAM CORE EVENT

9 March, 4:00 – 8:00 pm CET

MODERATOR

Monika Jones, International TV and Conference Host, Germany

4:00 pm CET

OPENING

Oda Keppler, Deputy Director-General „Sustainability, Provision for the Future“ of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany
Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, France
Tim Jennerjahn, Workgroup Leader, Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT), Bremen, Germany
Karen Wiltshire, Vice Director Alfred Wegener Institute and Director Biological Station, Helgoland, Germany

OCEAN HEALTH AROUND THE WORLD – COMMON THEMES AND REGIONAL DIFFERENCES

4:15 pm CET

Impulse Lectures by scientific experts

In this segment scientific experts depict their vision of a healthy and resilient ocean. To understand how we can improve the ocean’s health we first need to understand the needs required by different regions.

Anya Waite, CEO & Scientific Director, Ocean Frontier Institute, Canada
Jamaluddin Jompa, Dean, Graduate School of Universitas Hasanuddin, Indonesia
Aisa O. Manlosa, Postdoctoral Researcher, Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT), Bremen, Germany
Subrata Sarker, Assistant Professor, Department of Oceanography, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Bangladesh

4:40 pm CET

Panel Discussion

The challenges researchers are facing worldwide regarding the ocean’s health are manifold and complex. Nonetheless, often a biome’s condition is dependent on one another. Possible overlaps are starting points for future collaboration.

Co-moderation

Tim Jennerjahn, Workgroup Leader, Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT), Bremen, Germany
Karen Wiltshire, Vice Director Alfred Wegener Institute and Director Biological Station, Helgoland, Germany

Panelists

Sophie Seeyave, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Partnership for Observation of the Global Ocean, United Kingdom
Nelson Lagos, Director, Centro de Investigación e Innovación para el Cambio Climático, Universidad Santo Tomás, Chile
Jacqueline Uku, President, Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association, Kenya
Anya Waite, CEO & Scientific Director, Ocean Frontier Institute, Canada
Jamaluddin Jompa, Dean, Graduate School of Universitas Hasanuddin, Indonesia
Aisa O. Manlosa, Postdoctoral Researcher, Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT), Bremen, Germany
Subrata Sarker, Assistant Professor, Department of Oceanography, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Bangladesh

5:00 pm CET

Q&A with audience/online participants

5:20 pm CET

BREAK

WHAT IS YOUR IDEA OF A HEALTHY OCEAN?

5:30 pm CET

Impulse Lectures by the young generation and stakeholders

One aim of the Ocean Decade is to vocalize public opinions, engage with the younger generation and demonstrate that the Ocean Decade is an egalitarian process. A great many people are subject to the ocean’s well-being. Therefore, it is important to hear every voice in this matter and provide help where necessary. This segment sets the stage for the public – especially the younger generation – to vocalize their vision of a healthy ocean.

Annelie Chankiewitz & Sophie Wolff, Pupils, Secondary School "Kippenberg-Gymnasium", Bremen, Germany
Anna Mandel, Visual and Performing Artist & CEO, DEEPWAVE e.V., Germany
Britta Knefelkamp, Head of Department “Marine Nature Conservation”, German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, Germany
Kristin Burmeister (ECOP), Postdoctoral Researcher in Physical Oceanography, Scottish Association of Marine Science (SAMS), United Kingdom
Alicia Mateos-Cárdenas (ECOP), Postdoctoral Researcher, University College Cork, Ireland

5:55 pm CET

Panel Discussion

The Ocean Decade Laboratories form communities and overcome interdisciplinary as well as intercultural differences. The common goal: A vigor ocean for all people and future generations to come. A subsequent discussion explores how we as a society and as individuals can achieve this objective.

Co-moderation

Tim Jennerjahn, Workgroup Leader, Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT), Bremen, Germany
Karen Wiltshire, Vice Director Alfred Wegener Institute and Director Biological Station, Helgoland, Germany

Panelists

Annelie Chankiewitz & Sophie Wolff, Pupils, Secondary School "Kippenberg-Gymnasium", Bremen, Germany
Anna Mandel, Visual and Performing Artist & CEO, DEEPWAVE e.V., Germany
Britta Knefelkamp, Head of Department “Marine Nature Conservation”, German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, Germany
Kristin Burmeister, Postdoctoral Researcher in Physical Oceanography, Scottish Association of Marine Science (SAMS), United Kingdom
Alicia Mateos-Cárdenas, Postdoctoral Researcher, University College Cork, Ireland

6:15 pm CET

Q&A with audience/online participants

6:35 pm CET

BREAK

WHAT CAN WE DO TO ACHIEVE A HEALTHY AND RESILIENT OCEAN? INITIATIVES FROM AROUND THE WORLD – WHAT IS BEING DONE ALREADY?

6:45 pm CET

Impulse Lectures by international initiatives

Many initiatives and groups around the world are already fostering coastal and oceanic regions. What can we learn from their endeavors? And how can we help them?

Speakers

Kenneth Paul, Member of the Wolastoqey Nation, Canada
Lilian Krug, Scientific Coordinator, Partnership for Observation of the Global Ocean (POGO) & NF-POGO Alumni Network for the Ocean, Portugal

Endorsed Program, “Blue Climate Initiative – Solutions for People, Ocean, Planet (sponsored by Tetiaroa Society)”
Jeanne Everett, Director Programs and Operations, Blue Climate Initiative - Tetiaroa Society, USA

Endorsed Program, “COVID-19 Bio-Logging Initiative, International Bio-Logging Society”
Karen Evans, Principal Research Scientist, Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

7:05 pm CET

Panel Discussion

A healthy and resilient ocean is a difficult task to achieve – but not impossible. If we work together, tomorrow’s ocean will be a thriving and salubrious. The final panel discussion invites the speakers to prospect common themes and approach future cooperation.

Co-moderation

Tim Jennerjahn, Workgroup Leader, Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT), Bremen, Germany
Karen Wiltshire, Vice Director Alfred Wegener Institute and Director Biological Station, Helgoland, Germany

Panelists

Kenneth Paul, Member of the Wolastoqey Nation, Canada
Lilian Krug, Scientific Coordinator, Partnership for Observation of the Global Ocean (POGO) & NF-POGO Alumni Network for the Ocean, Portugal
Jeanne Everett, Director Programs and Operations, Blue Climate Initiative - Tetiaroa Society, USA
Karen Evans, Principal Research Scientist, Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

7:30 pm CET

Q&A with audience/online participants

7:50 pm CET

OUTLOOK AND EXPECTATIONS

Summary/Closing and next steps

Tim Jennerjahn, Workgroup Leader, Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT), Bremen, Germany
Karen Wiltshire, Vice Director Alfred Wegener Institute and Director Biological Station, Helgoland, Germany

8:00 pm CET

EMPOWERING TO ACT: INTERACTIVE NETWORKING TABLES

- Networking Table 1
“What is a healthy and resilient ocean? What will you contribute to a healthy ocean?”
Claudia Schultz
, Research Associate at Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Project Management Jülich, Bonn, Germany
Renate Duckat, Science Journalist at Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Project Management Jülich, Bonn, Germany

- Networking Table 2
“Is plastic in the Ocean really the issue? What else is the issue?”

Angelika Dummermuth, Science Manager, Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Germany

- Networking Table 3
“What is your vision on a healthy ocean?”
Aisa Manlosa, Postdoctoral Researcher, Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT), Bremen, Germany

PROGRAM WRAP-UP

11 March, 4.00 pm – 5.30 pm CET

PROGRAM WRAP-UP (DOWNLOAD)

MODERATOR

Monika Jones, International TV and Conference Host, Germany

4.00 pm CET

OPENING

- Opening remarks by moderators
- Documentary film of Core Event

4.05 pm CET

SUMMARY OF CORE EVENT

Tim Jennerjahn, Workgroup Leader, Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT), Bremen, Germany
Karen Wiltshire, Vice Director Alfred Wegener Institute and Director Biological Station, Helgoland, Germany

4.15 pm CET

HIGHLIGHTS OF EVENT PLATFORM

“Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT)”
Jialin Zhang, Knowledge Exchange Specialist & Project Manager, Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research, Bremen, Germany

"Magical Sea – Sylt is committed!“
Dennis Schaper
, Manager of Schutzstation Wattenmeer on the Island Sylt, Germany

4.30 pm CET

REPORTS OF SELECTED SATELLITE ACTIVITIES

“Fashion for a Healthy and Resilient Ocean”
Runa Ray
, Founder, Sustainable Fashion Workshop, USA

“A Sustainable Blue Economy for a Healthy, Resilient Ocean”
Inda Intiar
, Blue Futures Pathways Outreach Coordinator, SOI Foundation, Canada

“Ecosystem-based Management in Aotearoa New Zealand”
Natalie Prinz
, Doctoral Assistant, PhD candidate at the University of Waikato, Aotearoa New Zealand

“The Science We Need for Healthy and Resilient Coral Reefs in the Pacific”
Peter Davies
, SPREP – Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, Samoa

“SeCuRe – Seascape Connectivity for Resilient Ecosystem”
Lucy Gwen Gillis
, Engineer Advisor, IMDC, Belgium

“Restoration of Wetlands on the East Atlantic Flyway of Migratory Birds”
Gregor Scheiffarth
, Scientist, Lower Saxon Wadden Sea National Park Authority, Germany

“Marine Spatial Planning and Marine Protected Areas in Brazil”
Alexander Turra
, Coordinator, UNESCO Chair on Ocean Sustainability (Brazil) and Full Professor, IOUSP

5.20 pm CET

CLOSING

Closing remarks by moderators
Tim Jennerjahn, Workgroup Leader, Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT), Bremen, Germany
Karen Wiltshire, Vice Director Alfred Wegener Institute and Director Biological Station, Helgoland, Germany

5.25 pm CET

OUTLOOK: OCEAN DECADE LABORATORIES 2022

Upcoming Lab “A Safe Ocean”

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.

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.

31 MAY – 2 JUNE 2022

A PRODUCTIVE OCEAN

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