All roads lead to Dublin this fall!
The 3rd Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference taking place on the 27th September in Dublin, Ireland at the Croke Park centre, will focus on Priority 1 of the Atlantic Action Plan “Promote entrepreneurship and innovation” creating networking opportunities for stakeholders with an interest in developing projects in the Atlantic Area.
As we are heading towards September we would like to share with you the following practical information:
You can download the updated version of the Conference’s agenda here.
Do not forget to register for free and declare your participation in our Conference workshops.
CALL FOR STANDS
Stands are free of charge and the available 40 spaces will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Please read the guidelines and fill in the application.
INFO ABOUT HOTELS
You may find useful information about accommodation in Dublin here.
The World Ocean Council (WOC) report on “Ocean Industries and Marine Planning” provides the first multi-sector, industry-oriented review and analysis of the value, challenges and opportunities of marine spatial planning (MSP) for the ocean business community.
Building on this work, the 4th WOC Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS), Rotterdam, 30 Nov-2 Dec 2016 – with its theme of “Ocean 2030: Sustainable Development Goals and the Ocean Business Community” – will address MSP and ocean industries through sessions on:
▪ Marine Planning and International Waters: Shaping High Seas Sustainable Development Through Spatial Planning
▪ Marine Planning and the North Sea: Multiple Ocean Use and Sustainable Development in a Heavily Used, Transboundary Sea Basin
▪ Multi-use Offshore Infrastructure: Creating Synergies in Ocean Industry Facilities
As MSP grows around the world, WOC is working to ensure that both the ocean business community and MSP proponents understand and address the need, value and opportunity for industry to be informed of, and engaged in, MSP.
Based on several years’ work of active engagement with both ocean industries and those advancing MSP, the WOC report shows that there are a variety of perspectives on MSP – its definition, need, use, evolution and implementation – within the diverse ocean business community.
The WOC report describes the following values that MSP may provide to industry:
▪ Identifying and developing data sources on marine ecosystems and their uses
▪ Streamlining regulatory/permitting processes
▪ Reducing user conflicts and associated litigation
▪ Increasing the potential for a balanced management approach
▪ Reducing investor uncertainty
▪ More efficiently using public and private funds
The WOC’s work with ocean industries reveals that the private sector seeks clarity on:
▪ The relationship between MSP and other governance processes and mechanisms
▪ Regulatory and authority gaps and uncertainties
▪ How MSP will function in multiple jurisdictions
▪ How the MSP process will remain relevant and transparent
The WOC CEO, Paul Holthus, will present these important results on industry and MSP at the EU Maritime Spatial Planning Worldwide conference this week (Azores, 23-24 June, 2016).
Since 2010, WOC has conducted industry outreach on MSP, organized industry/MSP conferences and forums, and shared industry perspectives with marine planners. WOC gratefully acknowledges the support of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation in conducting the research and outreach that led to this report.
As the international, multi-industry leadership alliance on “Corporate Ocean Responsibility”, the WOC is facilitating industry participation in marine-related programs and projects of the EU and other government and inter-governmental bodies.
The WOC report on Ocean Industries and Marine Planning is available at: http://www.oceancouncil.org/site/planning.php
12th & 13th September, 2016
The Basque Declaration is now open for endorsement
Whether you represent a city or an organisation, or you are a citizen concerned about sustainable development and the future of our urban areas, you can now endorse the Basque Declaration, which outlines new pathways to create productive, sustainable and resilient cities and towns for a liveable and inclusive Europe.
The Basque Declaration, acclaimed by the participants of the 8th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns held in the Basque Country from 27-29 April 2016, is an important step following the Aalborg Charter (1994) and the Aalborg Commitments (2004).
The Basque Declaration aims to create stable and productive cities and towns and a good quality of life for citizens. It highlights the necessity and desire of local leaders to think outside the box and find innovative ways to economically and socially engage with civil society in order to meet economic, environmental and social challenges.
A total of 15 pathways across three categories – socio-cultural transformation, socio-economic transformation and technological transformation – are at the heart of the Basque Declaration. They aim to inspire transformative actions from local authorities, organisations and individuals.
If your city is interested in endorsing the Basque Declaration as pathways to push transformation from the local level, or if your organisation supports the 15 pathways in the Basque Declaration to co-create more productive, sustainable and resilient cities, or if you, as a citizen, agree on the need for a technological, socio-economic and socio-cultural transformation of our societies, we encourage you to endorse the Basque Declaration.