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Symposium: Integrated Science for Future Ocean Health and Recovery

07 June 2018
09:00 – 17:30 h

Zoologisches Museum

With the UN Sustainable Development Goal 14 'Life Below Water', the call to "conserve and sustainably use the oceans" has reached the global agenda. Specifically, the necessity to counteract on-going marine ecosystem degradation plays a pivotal role to secure "healthy and productive oceans" (SDG 14.2). While research efforts in the recent past have increased the understanding of environmental changes in the ocean, the emerging need to protect marine ecosystems calls for scientific advice to actively mitigate pressures, restore ecosystem functions and support ecosystem resilience. However, how human activities may facilitate the recovery process as well as the scientific, legal, economic and ethical basis of ecosystem restoration is not yet well understood or defined. The symposium Integrated Science for Future Ocean Health and Recovery will provide an opportunity to discuss solution-oriented marine science for sustaining ocean health (including innovative research approaches and societal & legal implementation challenges).

International speakers will present the current state of the art on marine restoration management and on concepts to preserve marine ecosystem health. A multidisciplinary plenum including experts from marine ecology, oceanography and law of the sea will discuss needs and strategies for future transdisciplinary research. The presentations will be followed by a final joint discussion.

09:00-09:10 Welcome / Prof. Dr. Anja Engel & Prof. Dr. Ute Hentschel Humeida
09:10-09:50 "People, plastic, petrels, and petroleum: Thoughts on the future of marine biodiversity" / Prof. Dr. Boris Worm (Department of Biology, Dalhousie University, Canada)
09:50-10:30 "Long term changes and the controlling factors of species in the Southern North Sea, Helgoland and Sylt Roads data sets" / Prof. Dr. Karen Wiltshire (Coastal Ecology, Alfred-Wegener-Institute, Germany)
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-11:40 "Tipping points, ecosystem processes, recovery potential and baselines in marine systems" / Prof. Dr. Thorsten Blenckner (Marine System Dynamics, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sweden)
11:40-12:20 "Seas, ocean, and public health in Europe" / Prof. Dr. Lora Fleming (European Centre for Environment and Human Health, University of Exeter, UK)
12:20-13:20 Lunch
13:20-14:00 "Ocean recovery in international law" / Prof. Dr. Nele Matz-Lück (Walter Schücking Institute for International Law, Kiel University, Germany)
14:00-14:40 "Dynamic Ocean Management: A novel approach to interactions between people and oceanic pelagic organisms" / Prof. Dr. Larry Crowder (Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University, USA)
14:40-15:20 Coffee break
15:20-16:00 "Turn around the decline - WWF's ocean conservation effort" / Heike Vesper (WWF, Germany)
16:00-16:40 "Rebuilding marine biodiversity in a shifting future ocean" / Prof. Dr. Carlos Duarte (Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division, King Abdullah University, Saudi Arabia)
16:40-17:30 Final discussion

Anja Engel (GEOMAR), und Ute Hentschel Humeida (GEOMAR),
Enno Prigge, und Andrea Franke,

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