June 15-16,2021

Communities, Climate, and

Coastal Ecosystems

Harnessing the Value of Blue Forests to Achieve Sustainable Livelihoods and Climate Action

Showcase Event of the UN Environment Blue Forests Project

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UN Environment Blue Forests Project

The UN Environment Blue Forests Project (BFP) is an initiative of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) focused on harnessing the values associated with coastal carbon (e.g. ‘blue carbon’) and ecosystem services to achieve improved ecosystem management and climate action. With partners worldwide, the project was implemented through the years of 2015-2021, coordinating on-the-ground interventions and international policy engagement. The project supported innovative pilot programs in ecosystem service and carbon financing initiatives, while addressing key knowledge gaps and providing experience for greater global application. The aim of the BFP was to test and create nature-based tools and solutions that harnessing these values while mitigating for climate change. This project is an initiative of the GEF’s International Waters program and co-financed by its many project partners and managed by GRID-Arendal.

About the event

Through partners worldwide, the UNEP / GEF Blue Forests Project has explored and tested blue forests methodologies and approaches to harness ecosystem services and support carbon financing initiatives, while addressing key knowledge gaps and international policy engagement. The project results incorporate tools and solutions for the greater global application of blue carbon assessment and accounting, payment for ecosystem services, and enhancing capacity for a sustainable blue economy. The Communities, Climate, and Coastal Ecosystems event aims to share these experiences and lessons learned of the Blue Forests Project to assist with the development and replication of future initiatives.

By drawing on experiences from these project sites, this event will help to inform future projects by:

  • Showcasing results from the UNEP/GEF Blue Forests Project
  • Reviewing the current state of blue forests within international marine conservation, sustainability and climate policy
  • Highlighting experiences from the Blue Forests Project sites
  • Introducing the Blue Forests Solutions Toolkit
  • Providing online networking opportunities for partners to connect

A Month of Blue Forests

This webinar series will expand upon the Blue Forests Project Showcase Event. This series will further explore the on-the-ground experiences from project sites and provide the knowledge, methods, and tools necessary for replicating the blue forests approach.

You can attend any or all webinars without needing to sign up many times, your sign-up for the showcase will do.

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Draft Agenda

Session 1:

  • 10:00 AM – 10:15 AM EDT (New York) – Welcoming Addresses and Introduction to the UNEP / GEF Blue Forests Project 

    Other timezones: 14:00pm BST (London), 15:00pm CET (Oslo), 1:00am AEST (Sydney – Next day)

  • 10:15 AM – 10:45 AM EDT (New York) – Overview of Project Results

    Other timezones: 14:15pm BST (London), 15:15pm CET (Oslo), 1:15am AEST (Sydney – Next day)

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Session 2:

  • 11:10 AM – 12:30 PM EDT (New York) – Contextualizing Blue Forests, Panel

    Other timezones: 15:10pm BST (London), 16:10pm CET (Oslo), 2:10am AEST (Sydney – Next day)

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Session 3:

  • 12:40 PM – 13:00 PM EDT (New York) – Blue Networking (Optional)

    Other timezones: 16:40pm BST (London), 17:40pm CET (Oslo), 3:40am AEST (Sydney – Next day)

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Session 1:

  • 10:00 AM – 10:10 AM EDT (New York) Introducing the Blue Forests Toolkit

    Other timezones: 14:00pm BST (London), 15:00pm CET (Oslo), 1:00am AEST (Sydney – Next day)

  • 10:10 AM – 11:15 AM EDT (New York) Blue Forests Solutions Toolkit

    Other timezones: 14:10pm BST (London), 15:10pm CET (Oslo), 1:10am AEST (Sydney – Next day)

  • 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM EDT (New York) Live Q&A Panel with Presenters

    Other timezones: 15:15pm BST (London), 16:15pm CET (Oslo), 2:15am AEST (Sydney – Next day)

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Session 2:

  • 12:25 PM – 12:45 PM EDT (New York) Virtual Field Trip

    Other timezones: 16:25pm BST (London), 17:25pm CET (Oslo), 3:25am AEST (Sydney – Next day)

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Session 3:

  • 12:50 PM – 13:00 PM EDT (New York) Optional Networking Opportunity

    Other timezones: 16:50pm BST (London), 17:50pm CET (Oslo), 3:50am AEST (Sydney – Next day)

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  • June 17, 2021 Blue Forests Policy 

    Tracing the many pathways of how blue forests values have been recognized in policy and management on both the international and national / regional scale.

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  • June 24, 2021 Blue Forests Communities

    Exploring the social justice and communication components to community-led initiatives

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  • July 1, 2021 Blue Forests Science for the Oceans We Want  

    This webinar will showcase and discuss critical research components needed for successful blue carbon projects. Future directions and related fields of research (beyond carbon) will also be considered.

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  • July 8, 2021 New Technologies to Support Blue Forests Conservation  

    This webinar will showcase recent technological innovations in monitoring and mapping coastal and marine ecosystems. Participants will also experience a “virtual field trip” of a Blue Forests Project site and panel discussion with leaders in drone and remote mapping, exploring how technology can be used as cost-effective tool for blue forests and blue carbon projects.

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  • July 15, 2021 Oceanic Blue Carbon 

    Discussing the potential policy opportunities for oceanic carbon and whale carbon.

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Our Partners

AGEDI

AGEDI works in close coordination with long-term partners Environment Agency- Abu Dhabi (EAD) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to maximise information exchange for improved decision-making at the local, national, regional and global levels.Today, UNEP champions AGEDI on an international level, while EAD supports AGEDI on a local level and helps pave the way for environmental sustainability efforts in developing countries across the Arab world.AGEDI is a specialised organisation with an invaluable network that offers considerable access and reach. It works to enables participation in and support for an active network of thought and action leaders from global environmental information networking movements including governmental, inter-governmental, non-governmental and private organisations

Blue Climate Solutions

Established in 2008, Blue Climate Solutions is a non-profit project of The Ocean Foundation, and is the world’s first organization with a sole focus on blue carbon.

Blue Carbon is carbon associated with the marine environment through coastal and ocean ecosystems

Blue Climate Solutions mission is the promotion and conservation of the world’s oceans, it’s ecosystems and biodiversity, as a proactive and viable action to reduce the impact of climate change. Our objective is to protect and enhance the natural carbon sinks provided by coastal and ocean ecosystems and organisms.

Blue Ventures

Blue Ventures develops transformative approaches for catalysing and sustaining locally led marine conservation. We work in places where the ocean is vital to local cultures and economies, and are committed to protecting marine biodiversity in ways that benefit coastal people.

Charles Darwin University

Charles Darwin University (CDU) is based in the capital city of Darwin at the heart of Australia's tropical north. It is the Australian university located most closely to the Asia-Pacific region.

CDU has all the advantages of a dual-sector university including flexibility in study options – as a recognised leader in online education – creativity, adaptability and freedom to embrace the history and traditions of First Australians and the multitude of nations represented by our international student population.

Conservación Internacional

Since 2001 working for the conservation of nature to ensure human well-being in Ecuador
Conservación Internacional (CI) is an NGO with a presence in more than 30 countries. In 2001, we established our program in Ecuador and since then, the program works through science, strategic alliances and communication, for the conservation of natural ecosystems in order to promote healthy and sustainable societies to guarantee human well-being.

Duke University

Duke University is a private research university in Durham, North Carolina. Founded by Methodists and Quakers in the present-day town of Trinity in 1838, the school moved to Durham in 1892.[14] In 1924, tobacco and electric power industrialist James Buchanan Duke established The Duke Endowment and the institution changed its name to honor his deceased father, Washington Duke.

Kementerian Kelautan dan Perikanan Republik Indonesia

The Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (Kementerian Kelautan dan Perikanan, KKP) is a government ministry that organises marine affairs and fisheries within the Indonesian government.

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

IUCN is a membership Union composed of both government and civil society organisations. It harnesses the experience, resources and reach of its more than 1,400 Member organisations and the input of more than 17,000 experts. This diversity and vast expertise makes IUCN the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it.

Kenya Marine & Fisheries Research Institute

KMFRI was established to conduct research on aquatic systems covering both marine and freshwater. The Institute has grown from staff strength of two Research Scientists at inception to the current 122 scientists. KMFRI’s approved staff establishment stands at 1,350 employees but the current staffing position is 839 for both research and support staff which creates a gap of 511 employees. The current staffing levels are way below the required staff to meet the expected increasing demand for research. During the period 2016-2020, it is proposed that KMFRI be strengthened and reorganized with a view to improving service delivery. KMFRI infrastructure capacity has also expanded from two research stations based in Mombasa and Kisumu with acquisition of seven additional stations.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

NOAA is an agency that enriches life through science. Our reach goes from the surface of the sun to the depths of the ocean floor as we work to keep the public informed of the changing environment around them.

From daily weather forecasts, severe storm warnings, and climate monitoring to fisheries management, coastal restoration and supporting marine commerce, NOAA’s products and services support economic vitality and affect more than one-third of America’s gross domestic product. NOAA’s dedicated scientists use cutting-edge research and high-tech instrumentation to provide citizens, planners, emergency managers and other decision makers with reliable information they need when they need it.

The Ocean Foundation

As the only community foundation for the ocean, The Ocean Foundation’s 501(c)(3) mission is to support, strengthen, and promote those organizations dedicated to reversing the trend of destruction of ocean environments around the world. We focus our collective expertise on emerging threats in order to generate cutting edge solutions and better strategies for implementation.

The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA)

The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) is an independent public policy think tank advancing a well-governed, peaceful, economically sustainable and globally engaged Africa.
Our work spans foreign policy, governance, the environment, economic policy and social development, linking local experiences with global debates. Our African-generated knowledge provides local and regional decision-makers with independent, evidence-based options for Africa’s future development.

We provide an open platform for the public to engage with these issues, and facilitate discussions between a wide variety of partners.

Stockholm University

Stockholm University is a public university in Stockholm, Sweden, founded as a college in 1878, with university status since 1960. With over 33,000 students at four different faculties: law, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, it is one of the largest universities in Scandinavia.

Université de Bretagne Occidentale (UBO)

A public institution founded in 1971, UBO is a medium-sized university (around 23,000 students) offering a wide range of programmes in all fields. It is a member of the Université Bretagne Loire (UBL), a regional coordination structure for higher education.

Brest is one of the world's marine science capitals and is home to 60% of French marine researchers, as well as several major organizations such as IFREMER and IPEV. The city is also famous for its sailing activities. Brittany’s economic development is driven by the agri-food, health, and telecommunications sectors.

UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre

UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre is a world leader in biodiversity knowledge. It works with scientists and policy makers worldwide to place biodiversity at the heart of environment and development decision-making to enable enlightened choices for people and the planet.

United States Forest Service

To sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.

At the heart of our agency’s mission is our purpose—the ultimate answer to why we do what we do. Everything we do—across our broad and diverse agency—is intended to help sustain forests and grasslands for present and future generations. Why? Because our stewardship work supports nature in sustaining life. This is the purpose that drives our agency’s mission and motivates our work across the agency. It’s been there from our agency’s very beginning, and it still drives us.

World Wildlife Fund Inc.

WWF works to help local communities conserve the natural resources they depend upon; transform markets and policies toward sustainability; and protect and restore species and their habitats. Our efforts ensure that the value of nature is reflected in decision-making from a local to a global scale.

WWF connects cutting-edge conservation science with the collective power of our partners in the field, more than one million supporters in the United States and five million globally, as well as partnerships with communities, companies, and governments.

Today, human activities put more pressure on nature than ever before, but it’s also people who have the power to change this trajectory. Together, we can address the greatest threats to life on this planet and protect the natural resources that sustain and inspire us.

Counterpart International

Counterpart partners with leaders, organizations, and social sector networks to build inclusive, sustainable communities in which people thrive. For more than 55 years, we’ve been supporting solution creators – our counterparts – in more than 65 countries around the world.

Since our founding in 1965, we’ve embraced a fundamental premise: creating local ownership and building problem-solving capabilities at the local level is the only way to create positive and lasting impact. Counterpart takes a building block approach with our local partners to support stronger and more resilient communities by developing leaders, strengthening organizations, and fostering multi-sector community partnerships.

Distant Imagery Solutions

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We are a team of dedicated professionals who are passionate about creating 4th generation communication and data collection and analysis tools for enhanced engagement in interactive means.

Silvestrum Climate Associates, LLC

Silvestrum Climate Associates, LLC is a research consulting firm and a center of excellence with a passionate team of experts in diverse fields bringing together decades of experience to help address the challenges of climate change and the opportunities for nature-based solutions across the globe.

Distant Imagery Solutions

PICTURES FROM ABOVE
We are a team of dedicated professionals who are passionate about creating 4th generation communication and data collection and analysis tools for enhanced engagement in interactive means.

Silvestrum Climate Associates, LLC

Silvestrum Climate Associates, LLC is a research consulting firm and a center of excellence with a passionate team of experts in diverse fields bringing together decades of experience to help address the challenges of climate change and the opportunities for nature-based solutions across the globe.

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