The Economics of The Oceans Conference

Live-streamed over the internet from the House of Sweden in Washington, D.C. on December 3rd and 4th, 2013.

There is a growing demand for decision-makers to better understand and manage human dependence on healthy ocean ecosystems and biodiversity. This meeting aims to raise awareness of these issues among decision makers and opinion leaders.

The two days long gathering will seek to address a number of pressing issues and challenges facing today’s decision-makers including the need for ocean governance and maritime spatial planning to achieve a balance between blue growth, jobs and a sound maritime environment and the growing needs for more effective maritime security cooperation.

Partners: Swedish Ministry of the Environment, The Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management (SwAM), Duke University, and OpenChannels.org

Conference Video Archives

Welcome remarks by Ambassador of Sweden to the United States Björn Lyrvall and Sweden’s Ambassador for Oceans, Seas and Fresh Water, Lisa Emilia Svensson; and a Message from Maria Damanaki, EU Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries

This is video 1 of 16 in the archive of The Economics of The Oceans Conference 2013, from the House of Sweden in Washington, D.C. on December 3rd and 4th, 2013.

Click here to watch the rest of the archived videos, following the conference agenda below.

Conference Agenda

Day 1 Schedule - Tuesday, December 3: Valuing Marine Ecosystem Services

Welcome remarks by Ambassador of Sweden to the United States Björn Lyrvall and Sweden’s Ambassador for Oceans, Seas and Fresh Water, Lisa Emilia Svensson
Message from Maria Damanaki, EU Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.

Opening keynote by Kerri-Ann Jones, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, US State Department

Session one: Quantifying the value of marine and coastal ecosystems and biodiversity
Sofia Ahlroth, Global Partnership for Wealth Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES), The World Bank
Fred Boltz, Ecosystems, Rockefeller Foundation
Margret Davidson, Acting Director, NOAA Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management
Rafael Abyar, Director, Globe Natural Capital Initiative
Ghislaine Maxwell, Executive Director TerraMar
Joacim Johannesson, Swedish Agency for Marine & Water Management
Linwood Pendleton, Director of Ocean and Coastal Policy, Duke's Nicholas Institute

Keynote by Rear Admiral Jonathan White, Oceanographer of the Navy, U.S. Navy

Session two: Integrating ecosystem services into development and planning
David Freestone, Executive Director, Sargasso Sea Alliance
Tundi Agardy, Sound Seas
Sally Yozell, Head of Policy, NOAA
Chu Hoi, Professor Hanoi University of Science, MSP in ASEAN
Sebastian Troeng, Vice President, Conservation International, The Betty and Gordon Moore Center for Science and Oceans, Ocean Health Index
Tomas Andersson, Swedish Agency for Marine & Water Management

LUNCH

Keynote by Pawan G. Patil, Senior Economist, World Bank, Global Ocean Partnership, the World Bank

Session three: Ocean innovation and blue growth
Ebba Lindegren, Vinnova
Anders Carlberg, The Region of Västra Götaland
Bengt-Olof Petersen, Director, LightHouse, Marine Innovation Platform
Kerstin Hindrum,
Offshore West/BSR Stars
Mattias Larsson, Waves4power
Leah Karrer, Global Environmental Facility
Damian Kunko, Strategic Marketing Innovations and co-founder of Ocean Renewable Energy Coalition

Keynote by Claes Berglund, Stena

Session four: Enhancing blue growth research
Joanna Przedrzymirska the Maritime Institute in Gdansk, Poland
Michael Kearns, National Ocean Industries
Bart Sayle, Breakthrough Global
Peter Heffernan, Chief Executive, Marine, Rinville, Galway, Ireland

Day 2 Schedule - Wednesday, December 4: Towards a Regional Blue-Green Economy

Making marine ecosystems more productive, valuable, and sustainable starts at the local level. Day two will explore the challenges, lessons, and opportunities associated with trying to improve ecosystem health and ecosystem service values. We focus on new technologies, the greening of marine and coastal industries, and specific lessons from the Chesapeake Bay and Baltic Sea.

9:30 am to 4:00 pm
Morning Session between 9:30 am and 12:00 pm
Afternoon Session between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm

Day 2 opening remarks by Lisa Emilia Svensson, Sweden’s Ambassador for Oceans, Seas and Fresh Water

Opening keynote by Lynn Scarlett, Managing Director for Public Policy, The Nature Conservancy and Former Deputy Secretary of the Interior

Session five: Ecological and economic challenges
Dr. Bill Dennison, University of Maryland, Vice President for Science Applications at UMCES
Siv Ericsdotter, Baltic Stern
Henrik Scharin, Stockholm Resilience Center
Beth McGee, Senior Scientist, Chesapeake Bay Foundation

LUNCH

Keynote by Mikael Karlsson, President European Environmental Bureau

Session six: Technologies
Catarina Hedar, Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management
Bengt Simonsson, Techmarket
Sandra Ralston, President, Water Environment Federation
Sudhir Murthy, Innovation Chief, DC Water
Alyson Myers, Director, Kegotank Bio
Alison Robertshaw, Zennström Philantropy

Session seven: Management approaches
Fredrik Gröndal, KTH, Royal Institute of Technology
Richard Batiuk, Associate Director, Science and Integrated Analytics, US EPA Chesapeake Bay Program
Mindy Selman, Senior Associate, and Sara Walker, Associate, World Resources Institute (presenting on CB WQ Trading Program)

Closing remarks by Lisa Emilia Svensson, Sweden’s Ambassador for Oceans, Seas and Fresh Water

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