year stocks decline, while the world population increases. It's not
rocket science, it's basic economics - we need to boost the health of our
oceans, starve, or face another world war - as warring factions fight for
the fishing rights of third world and other states less able to defend
SUSTAINABLE OCEAN SUMMIT
2015 9 - 11 NOVEMBER 2015 SINGAPORE
World Ocean Council (WOC) is proud to announce that the 3rd Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS) will be held on 9-11 November, 2015 in Singapore.
The SOS is the only international, multi-sectoral, business event dedicated to “Corporate Ocean Responsibility”. This first SOS to be held in Asia, the 2015 event is being developed in collaboration with stakeholders in Singapore,
Hong Kong and responsible business leadership companies from around the world.
SOS 2015 is uniquely designed to bring together leadership companies from the diverse Ocean Business Community: shipping, oil and gas, seabed mining, fisheries, aquaculture, tourism, offshore renewable
energy, ports, dredging, mining, submarine cables, marine science, engineering and technology, the maritime legal, financial and insurance communities, and others - as well as ocean stakeholders from the government, inter-governmental, academic and environment communities.
The SOS will address critical issues for cross-sectoral ocean industry leadership and collaboration, including: ocean policy and governance; the Arctic; marine biodiversity; ocean planning; ocean industry data collection; biofouling and invasive species; marine sound; marine debris and port reception facilities; marine
mammal interactions; the role of finance, insurance and legal sectors in responsible ocean use.
Other cross-cutting topics critical to industry leadership on ocean sustainability, stewardship and science are being developed with input from the business community. Opportunities for speakers to address the themes above will become available when the draft program is announced.
Sponsorship opportunities are available for the 2015 Sustainable Ocean Summit. Sponsorship commitments made prior to 28 February 2015, will benefit from a 20% discount as an early supporter.
MARIA FIGUERES - Is a co-chair of the Global
Ocean Commission. José reached world stage recognition as President of Costa Rica from 1994 to 1998. As such, he was the youngest President of a Central American country in modern times. During his presidency he showed his unique leadership skills through implementing invaluable changes that opened opportunities for further development
revolutionizing his country’s economy and transforming Costa Rica into the environmentally conscientious country it is today.
After leaving government, he helped create and lead the United Nations ICT Task Force. In 2000 he then joined the
World Economic Forum and became its first CEO in 2003. One of his main achievements in this role was strengthening global corporate ties to social and governmental sectors by identifying their common long-term interests. Today his work revolves around core strategic issues such as innovation, competitiveness and sustainability as key drivers of a new global economy.
José is likely to attend the SOS in Singapore.
- SUSTAINABLE OCEAN SUMMIT 2015 (DRAFT, SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
THEME: "SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT and GROWING the BLUE ECONOMY - THE
NEXT 50 YEARS"
2015 SESSION THEMES, CHAIRS AND SPEAKERS/PANELISTS
Site Spotlight: Singapore and the Blue Economy
harnessed the role of science, technology, engineering and
management to advance its maritime economy?
have the challenges, successes and lessons learned?
are the future plans and opportunities for Singapore to
develop as an ocean economy?
Futures: New Ocean Ventures in The Next 50 Years
there be human habitation on the ocean areas soon, and, if
so, where will it be, what will it look like and how will
food, energy and water be provided?
other ocean futures may come to reality within 50 years,
e.g. new energy production or sources?
business opportunities (and risks) do these proposals create
for other ocean sectors, e.g. transport, energy, seafood,
mining, communications, etc., and how will they be
Sustainability: Innovation and Investment Opportunities
can be done to accelerate the interaction of major ocean
users, innovators/solution providers and investors in
identifying ocean sustainability issues and solutions and
can investors, innovation initiatives and challenge
competitions better collaborate to achieve synergies and
economies of scale to more effectively address ocean
can ocean industries best identify priorities for investment
in marine technology, information and communications,
sensors and other innovations to address sustainability?
Proposed PARALLEL/BREAKOUT SESSIONS
Sector Spotlight 1:
Marine Mining - Opportunities and Challenges for a
New Ocean Industry
is the status of marine mining and what does the advent of
this new industry mean for other ocean industries?
should marine mining sector collaborate with other ocean
industries on shared technical, technology and operational
needs and opportunities?
can ocean industries best collaborate with the marine mining
sector on common challenges regarding environmental
management, ocean policy and governance?
Sector Spotlight 2: Offshore Oil and Gas - Improving
Interaction Across the Entire Value Chain on Environmental
are the environment and sustainability issues that are
creating risks for the overall offshore oil
there a need to increase the dialogue between oil and gas
service/supply contractors and the oil and gas producers and
better address these issues and, if so, how?
other parts of the overall offshore oil and gas industry
value chain should be engaged in addressing environmental
Regional Spotlight: SE Asia and Coral Reefs -
Responsible Ocean Industry Operations in the ”Coral
Triangle” (Parallel Session)
The waters of SE Asia, in the “Coral
Triangle” and nearby areas, are home to the highest levels
of marine biodiversity on Earth.
are the challenges to ocean industry operations in coral
reef areas, such as the Great Barrier Reef, Indonesia, etc.?
there value in creating an ocean business leadership group
for SE Asia?
Ocean Policy and Governance: Creating and
Informed and Engaged Ocean Business Community
How will business be affected by current and
upcoming developments in maritime regulation and policies,
e.g. UN Law of the Sea, Convention on Biological Diversity,
and regional bodies and conventions?
How can ocean industries ensure proposed
governance changes support continued responsible use in the
high seas/deep seabed, i.e. the Areas Beyond National
What should be the WOC and ocean business community input to the UN Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs)?
Marine Spatial Planning/Ocean Zoning: Ensuring
that Ocean Planning Engages Ocean Industries
What does the ocean business community need and want to know
about marine spatial planning (MSP) and ocean zoning
developments as they emerge at different locations and
How can we ensure that MSP and ocean zoning include the needs and
concerns of industry?
What is the most effective way for the ocean business community
to engage in MSP?
Sound and the Marine Environment: Creating a
Global, Multi-Industry Approach
What are the needs and opportunities for cross-sectoral
ocean industry leadership, innovation and synergies in
addressing anthropogenic sound in the marine
How can such a program
best complement existing
efforts on ocean sound and marine life and engage industries
that generate sound but have been less involved to-date?
What are the scenarios for the future levels and
patterns of marine sound and what does this mean for
Marine Debris: Reducing
the Industry Input of Plastics and Other Wastes by Ensuring
Adequate Port Reception Facilities
How can port users collaborate
internationally to ensure that adequate, economically viable
port reception facilities are available worldwide?
What do diverse port users need to do to
implement industry responsibilities (e.g. re marine debris)
and contribute to reducing plastics
and other marine debris?
How can ocean industries collaborate to
ensure that cargo is classified and managed appropriately,
ports facilities are developed to address industry needs and
obligations (e.g. adequate waste reception facilities) and
managed to address safety and sustainability?
BioFouling and Invasive Species: Understanding
the Addressing a Global, Multi-Industry Issue
How can diverse ocean industries collaborate to
understand and address the shared problem of biofouling and
the introduction of invasive species?
What opportunities exist with science,
government and industry to create a common research and
development platform on the causes, prevention and removal
What are the proposed and new regulations
regarding the potential importation and spread of
non-indigenous marine species and can a pan-industry
platform be developed to minimize business risks of
Smart Ocean-Smart Industries: Industry Data
Collection to Improve Understanding of Ocean, Weather and
What is the most effectively way to coordinate
between ocean scientists and ocean industry operators in
order to engage industry in data collection and
What are the barriers to industry involvement in
data collection and how can these be addressed?
What are the priority locations and/or topics to
engage more ships and platforms of opportunity in collecting
Sea Level Rise/Extreme Events: Port and Coastal
Infrastructure Adaptation and Resiliency
How can the ocean business community best ensure
that ports and coastal infrastructure around the world will
adapt to sea
level rise (SLR) and extreme events?
How can ocean industries collaborate among
themselves to advance this process to ensure ports are able
to adapt and be resilient to coming changes?
What other stakeholders can best collaborate
with the ocean business community in addressing this
important economic issue?
Enhancing the Ocean’s Roles as a Carbon Sink:
The Business Case
What are the best options for enhancing the role
of the ocean to remove and sequester carbon, e.g. through
enhanced biological processes or ocean “fertilization”?
What are the science, economic and policy issues
associated with these options?
What is the business case for ocean-based carbon
removal and sequestration?
Arctic: Business Leadership and Collaboration
for Responsible Artic Development
How can the responsible, sustainable development
of the Arctic area and resources be ensured and enhanced
through cross-sectoral industry leadership and
What are the priorities for industry leadership
and coordination on Arctic use, sustainability and
development and what structure and process will best assist
leadership companies in the Arctic to collaborate and engage
other stakeholders and the Arctic Council?
are the special interests and opportunities for companies in
regarding responsible Arctic
Fisheries and Extractive Industries: Understanding
the Interactions and Resolving the Conflicts
are the real and perceived conflicts between fisheries and
marine extractive industries (oil and gas, marine mining)?
science, experience, best practices and other information
can help clarify the situation and improve the potential for
cooperation and co-existence?
process for dialogue can help resolve the problems
associated with these cross-sectoral interactions?
Rig Decommissioning and Vessel Recycling: Exploring
are the similarities and differences between the
decommissioning of oil/gas rigs and the recycling
the increasing environmental regulation of both create needs
and opportunities for increased interaction?
there synergies and business benefits to be achieved between
rig decommissioning and vessel recycling?
The WOC is accepting abstracts for proposed presentations to address the SOS 2015 Program
Topics at a cost of $600 USD per speaker.
The WOC is seeking presentations by and for industry, and will give preference to presentations from company or other private sector representatives, or government agencies, intergovernmental bodies, academic institutions, or NGOs or others who are working closely with the ocean business community.
Abstracts for speaking opportunities will be selected through a competitive process of evaluating abstract submissions in relation to the topic area, the SOS 2015 Theme and the overall WOC mission. Full papers are not required.
Abstracts for each Program Topic will be accepted until 31 July 2015 (23:59pm EST) and are limited to 150 words.
A response to each abstract submission will be corresponded by 31 August 2015.
- MARINA MANDARIN HOTEL
The Marina Mandarin Singapore is a five-star luxury hotel located on Raffles Boulevard in the Marina Centre complex, in the Downtown Core of Singapore. It is located in the heart of the city and has views of the Marina Bay and the financial district. The Marina Square Shopping Mall, and is adjacent, and the Sands Expo & Convention Center and the Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre are nearby. The hotel is opposite Singapore's performing arts center, The Esplanade. It is also within walking distance to attractions such as Gardens by the Bay and the Singapore Flyer, and is situated on the 'trackside' of the annual
Grand Prix Formula One race.
Designed by John Portman, the 26-year-old hotel has one of the largest open atriums in Southeast Asia, which rises through 21 levels and is permeated by natural light. Each of the 575 rooms is accessed from the balconies overlooking the atrium, and has views of the Singapore harbour and the city skyline.
The pillar-free Marina Mandarin Ballroom can accommodate up to 700 people and the Vanda Ballroom can accommodate up to 300.
SOS 2015 HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS
For the nights of 8-November to 11-November (Sunday-Wednesday nights), registrants to SOS 2015 are offered a Deluxe Room rate of S$300 (or approximately
$225 USD) that includes breakfast for one and complementary internet access.
If your country where you hold a passport
that requires a formal letter of invitation, you will be able to request this letter when you Register for the SOS 2015.
The Republic of Singapore, is a modern city-state and island country in Southeast Asia. It lies off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula and is 137 kilometres (85 mi) north of the equator. The country's territory consists of the
diamond-shaped main island, commonly referred to as Singapore Island in English and Pulau Ujong in Malay, and more than 60 significantly smaller islets. Singapore is separated from Peninsular Malaysia by the Straits of Johor to the north, and from Indonesia's Riau Islands by the Singapore Strait to the south. The country is highly urbanised, and little of the original vegetation remains. The country's territory has consistently expanded through land reclamation.
- has a tropical rainforest climate with no distinctive seasons, uniform temperature and pressure, high humidity, and abundant rainfall. Temperatures usually range from 22 to 35 °C (72 to 95 °F).
The islands were settled in the second century AD and subsequently belonged to a series of local empires. Modern Singapore was founded in 1819 by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles as a trading post of the East India Company with permission from the Johor Sultanate. The British obtained sovereignty over the island in 1824, and Singapore became one of the British Straits Settlements in 1826. Occupied by the
World War II, Singapore became independent from the United Kingdom in 1963 and united with other former British territories to form
Malaysia, from which it was expelled two years later through a unanimous act of parliament. Singapore has since developed rapidly, earning recognition as one of the Four Asian
Singapore is one of nine countries with the top AAA rating from all credit rating agencies and the only Asian country on the list. It is one of the world's major commercial hubs, the fourth-largest financial centre and one of the five busiest ports. Its globalised and diversified economy depends heavily on trade, especially manufacturing, which accounted for around 30 percent of Singapore's GDP in
2013. In terms of purchasing power parity, Singapore has the third-highest per capita income in the world but the most severe income inequality among developed countries. It places highly in international rankings with regard to education, healthcare, and economic competitiveness. Nearly 5.5 million people live in Singapore (as of end-June 2014), of which well over 2 million are foreign born.
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EVENTS - "Sea
Asia 2015" Singapore, 20-22 April 2015
Ocean Summit 2015" - Cascais, Portugal, 3-5 June,
MANUEL - Is a co-chair of the Global
Ocean Commission. Trevor was born in South Africa on January 31, 1956. His
home is Cape Town and he was educated in the same city graduating from Cape Peninsula University of
Technology. He has served many great African leaders including Nelson
Mandela, Kgalema Motlanthe and Thabo Mbeki as the nation’s Finance minister. This positions him as the longest serving finance minister in
South Africa from 1996 to 2009. Trevor was commissioned by President Jacob Zuma to head the National Planning Commission and help develop thecountry after spending sometime managing the nation’s finance
portfolio. Trevor became a public figure as the General Secretary of Cape Areas
Housing Action committee; he was also a National Executive member in the United Democratic Front party where he was detained and banned between
1985 and 1990. Trevor graduated with a Civil and Structural Engineering degree but read law while in detention.
Trevor was responsible for the nation’s first budget surplus announced in 2007 with an obvious prosperity in the country.
He is regarded as one of South Africa’s most competent ministers with an acclaimed recognition on his
contributions to the nation. Trevor was also appointed the chairperson of the
International Monetary Fund Governance Reform council in 2008.
MILIBAND - Is a co-chair of the Global
Ocean Commission, David is also on the International Rescue
group that shares many of the aims of the World Ocean Council and is likely
to attend the SOS 2015 in Singapore. In February 2014 David was urging the creation of a seagoing police force to bring order to the "wild west" free-for-all on the high seas that is damaging the health of the world's oceans.
Mr Miliband and the former Costa Rican president, José María Figueres, who together serve as co-chairs of the Global Oceans Commission,
are to formally unveil their ideas for ocean reform in a report in June of
2015. But the two leaders have begun to sound out international reaction to a set of proposals for protecting oceans, from a crackdown on illegal fishing to a clean-up of the vast churn of plastic particles in the Pacific and expanding marine protection zones.
revealed that his vision of an ocean protection force would lean heavily on the deployment of new surveillance technologies to identify and track fishing vessels operating on the high seas, as well as their catch.
"If you are to have an enforcement regime, it needs to be policed," Miliband said. But he
cautioned: "It is not about having people in boats necessarily." Estimates of the unreported and illegal catch on the high seas range between $10bn-$24bn a year, overwhelming government efforts to track or apprehend the illegal fishing boats.
The illegal fishing makes it impossible for countries to manage sustainable fisheries and hurts responsible
"You could do everything that is necessary within the high seas but if you don't tackle climate change then you are still taking huge risk with the future of the oceans," Miliband is
quoted as saying.
The ‘blue economy’ is nascent and not yet clearly defined, but it offers a vision of the ocean and coasts as a new source of economic growth, job creation and investment. Viewed narrowly, this could simply mean the beginning of a new and intensified phase of conventional economic activity. Yet a more expansive interpretation sees a blue economy in which economic opportunity is balanced by responsible investment in a sustainable ocean
economy - a ‘win-win’ scenario where the private sector, acting through enlightened self-interest, is a catalyst for both economic development and environmental protection. In this,
slightly rose tinted vision, the blue economy is in itself a source of opportunity, investment and
growth - or so world leaders hope, where they are obviously not prepared
to lead themselves.
World Ocean Summit will convene more than 250 global leaders from various sectors with direct interests in the oceans,
hoping to ignite a constructive dialogue on solution.
April 23 opinions lambertini ocean economy
Wildlife Fund reviving the oceans economy the case for action 2015
Guardian environment 2014 September earth has lost-50 percent of wildlife
in 40 years wwf
Jazeera news 2015 April wwf report warns danger oceans
connections wordpress sustainable ocean summit-2015-2-4-Nov Singapore
DRONE - This is a raw proposal for a robot ship that is designed to
up plastic waste from the ocean based on the Bluefish
ZCC concept. The vessel is solar and wind
powered - and shares component with other ZCC variants. The front end
(right) is modified so that
there is a wide scoop area, into which plastic waste is funneled as the
ship moves forward. The waste is pumped into a large holding bay after
treatment, then stored until it can be off-loaded. The front of the ship
sports two large wind turbines that generate
combination with deck mounted solar panels to power
the onboard processing machinery. The system can be semi-autonomous, such
that in robot mode the vessel alerts and operational HQ to any potential problems and shares
information as to
progress for stake holders. The entire cleanup mission can be controlled from land,
with visuals and data streams. A SeaVax
ship would operate using a search
program called SeaNet.
- ATLANTIC - BALTIC
- CARIBBEAN - CORAL - EAST
CHINA - ENGLISH CH - GULF
- MEDITERRANEAN -
NORTH SEA - PACIFIC
- PERSIAN GULF - SEA
JAPAN - STH
OCEANS - UNCLOS
- WOC - WWF
- An aerial picture taken in January of 2012 is of 400 students gathering on the beach of Yoff Diamalaye in Dakar to
form a giant fish to draw Senegalese presidential candidate's attention to the problems of the fisheries sector in Senegal during a rally called by global environmental
group Greenpeace and
local fishermen organizations for a "responsible and sustainable fishery
policy." This was at the end of a campaign to collect signatures throughout the country.