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More than 17.000.000 KM² of Ocean Policy

More than 17.000.000 KM² of Ocean Policy
OCTs and the Sustainable management of the Ocean and its resources

Through recent years, oceans have become a part of a wider global political agenda, with international institutions and the public and private sectors taking action to secure a healthier ocean and building a sustainable blue economy. This was most recently seen with the “Our Oceans” conference in Malta in October 2017 hosted by the EC and the Oceans Conference hosted by the United Nations in New York in June 2017.

As ‘Large Ocean’ Territories, the state of the oceans has always been of importance to the OCTs, as the ocean and its resources are a vital and fundamental part of their economic and social structure. With vast ocean spaces, OCTs also represent an important share of the Exclusive Economic Zones (EZZ) of the Member States to which they are linked, and more than two thirds of the EU EZZ of 25M KM², making it the world’s largest. At the same time OCTs are in the front line of the effects and threats facing the oceans in terms of both climate change and pollution. As the international focus on the oceans increases, OCTs therefore wish to seize this momentum. Thus the purpose of the Oceans event is to further explore blue growth opportunities and initiatives within the OCTs, and to ultimately create their own oceans agenda.

Agenda

Opening: Welcoming and Introduction
Session 1: Global agenda for Oceans – Where do OCTs fit in?
Session 2: International Blue Growth Initiatives
Session 3: Potential for blue growth in the Overseas Countries and Territories

Opening: Welcoming and Introduction

  • The Hon. Cartwright-Robinson Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands and Chair of OCTA
  • The Hon. Teva Rohfritsch, Vice President of French Polynesia, Minister for Economy and Finance, responsible for large investment projects and economic reforms, and Vice-Chair of OCTA: French version

Session 1: Global agenda for Oceans – Where do OCTs fit in?

  • Moderator: Mr. Jorge L. Ventocilla, sustainability and environment expert

A global agenda is developing to ensure the health of the Oceans (the EU’s International Ocean Governance Agenda, the Our Ocean conferences and Oceans Conference at United Nations) - Where do OCT’s fit in this context? (Do any of the commitments given at Our Oceans apply/fit the OCTs as well?)

  • Ms Hanne Fugl Eskjær, Arctic Ambassador of Denmark: Presentation
  • Ms Stefanie Schmidt DG MARE B1; Ocean Governance, Law of the Sea, Arctic Presentation

  • Ms. Diane Simsovic, TAO and Director of Policy, Falkland Islands Government Presentation
  • Mr. Benito Wheatley, EU/UK Representative, British Virgin Islands: Presentation

Session 2: International Blue Growth Initiatives

International initiatives on blue growth - developing sustainable fisheries, aquaculture and coastal tourism, etc. and achieving UN development goals

  • Mr. Zachary Foco, Programme Specialist for the FAO Blue Growth Initiative Presentation
  • Mr Christophe Larose DEVCO C1, Rural development, Food security and Nutrition Presentation
  • Ms Peggy Roudaut, INTEGRE project Coordinator, Secretariat of the Pacific Community

Session 3: Potential for blue growth in the Overseas Countries and Territories

Opportunities for Blue Growth and further developing biotechnology and marine renewable energy within OCTs

  • Mr Edison E. Rijna, Lt. Governor of Bonaire, Bonaire AlgaePARC - TSI pilot project Presentation
  • DG MARE A2, Blue Economy Sectors, Aquaculture and Maritime Spatial Planning

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