EU-U.S. Conference Series: "Sustainable Oceans: Reconciling Economic Use and Protection"

2nd Conference: Developing a New International Architecture for Maritime Policy

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How Do We Reconcile Economic Use and Protection of the Oceans?

New York, July 11 to 13, 2012


This conference is the 2nd in a series of three dealing with "Sustainable Oceans: Reconciling Economic Use and Protection". Following on from the Dräger Foundation's XVII Malente Symposium in 2008 entitled "More than Water - Oceans and Global Responsibility", the Foundation decided to launch other conferences devoted to the subject of our vulnerable oceans. In cooperation with the Cluster of Excellence 'The Future Ocean', Kiel, The Earth Institute of Columbia University, New York, and the GEOMAR - Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, as well as other supporting partners, this EU-U.S. conference series took off in 2011 with the 1st conference in Hamburg, Germany, exploring "The Use of the Ocean's Energy Resources, Risk Management and the Need for Regulation". One of the key questions was how the oceans can be researched and their resources utilized for economic growth, while at the same time protected from the consequences of unfettered exploitation.


The 2nd conference will pursue and intensify the debate from the 1st conference on the value of the oceans' ecosystems and biodiversity. While the 1st conference in Hamburg focused on economic gains as well as ecological damage from the exploitation of the oceans' energy resources, the 2nd conference will focus on economic gains from fishing and shipping against the backdrop of ecological damage from overfishing, noise, pollution, and acidification.

The conference series aims at bringing together international experts and stakeholders from politics, business, science, NGOs and international maritime organizations to discuss these challenges in a comprehensive way and to identify practical solutions to facilitate future sustainable development.


Please find more information on the conference series here.


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