The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted millions of people, causing significant loss of human life and unprecedented economic and social disruption. The ocean community, and especially those who depend upon marine resources for their livelihoods, have been affected and the various consequences of the crisis are still being felt by many of them. Around the world, States and intergovernmental organisations have launched emergency and recovery plans. Many stakeholders have called for these plans to include provisions for the ocean, to take advantage of its enormous contribution to sustainable development pathways.
This workshop aims to present current promising initiatives at different scales and discuss conditions for a sustainable blue recovery of marine regions, including through enhanced regional collaboration. Further breakout discussion will result in a set of recommendations for the marine regions to transition from emergency to recovery and rebuilding from COVID-19.
This online workshop builds on the Marine Regions Forum 2019 and the January 2021 online workshop Ocean governance and COVID-19 – Building resilience for marine regions. As part of the work program of the Marine Regions Forum project, it is organized by the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), and TMG - Think Tank for Sustainability, together with the Swedish Ministry of the Environment, the European Commission and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
Date and time: 06.10.2021, 14:00-17:30 CET
Organisers: IASS, IDDRI, TMG – Think Tank for Sustainability, European Commission, Government of Sweden, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)