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Scotland's International Marine Conference 2019

Marine Scotland

Wednesday, 20 February 2019 at 12:00 - Thursday, 21 February 2019 at 17:30 (GMT)

Scotland's International Marine Conference 2019

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*********************** THE CONFERENCE HAS NOW SOLD OUT ***********************

If you missed the opportunity to reserve tickets, please contact info.marineconference@gov.scot detailing which days and sessions you would like to attend, and your details will be added to a waiting list.


 

Scotland's vision is for clean, healthy, safe, productive and diverse seas that are managed to meet the long term needs of nature and people. 

This is only achievable through strong national action and international cooperation.

Scotland’s International Marine Conference 2019 will focus on current national and international actions to protect the marine environment. Through discussion we will aim to identify emerging threats to our seas and consider what new measures are required to protect the marine environment for future generations. 


Day 1

The first day will focus on the wider marine environment. 

When booking a ticket for this day, please register for only one of the sessions below.

Day 1/Session 1 - International Ocean Governance

The health of our oceans is vital for our survival. Its continued protection requires international collaboration at all levels. This session will highlight how the implementation and adoption of a variety of international instruments and networks can ensure the future protection and sustainable use of the marine environment.

Day 1/Session 2 - Clean and Healthy Seas

Clean and healthy seas are essential in order to protect biodiversity, and ensure that the marine environment can be used sustainably and be enjoyed by all. This session will consider current and emerging threats to the marine environment and how they can be prevented, eliminated or managed.

Day 1/Session 3 - Biologically Diverse Seas

The waters around Scotland and the wider North East Atlantic are some of the most biologically diverse seas in the world. Many of the deep-sea species and habitats here are endemic to the region, and are protected by national and international legislation. This session will consider the status of these species and habitats, and what management actions are being taken to protect them.

Day 1/Session 4 - Productive and Sustainably Used Seas

The marine environment supports a number of key industries. Ensuring that these industries, and the species and habitats that support them, are sustainably managed is key to maximising their growth and contribution to the Scottish economy. This session will consider how marine industries are sustainably managed and supported, including through sectoral and integrated management and marine spatial planning.

Day 1/Session 5 - Climate Change

Climate change is the biggest global challenge facing our environment. Resulting changes in temperature and ocean acidification hold severe implications for the marine environment and biodiversity.
We are only just beginning to understand that the marine environment has the potential to tackle climate change through the capture of carbon, known as blue carbon. This session will consider how resilience of biodiversity can be improved, and how developing our understanding of blue carbon could make a difference.


Day 2

The second day will focus on the impact of marine litter, and potential solutions to address this global problem.

When booking a ticket for this day, please register for only one of the AM and one of the PM sessions.

Day 2 (AM)/Session 1 - Promoting Behaviour Change

Changing consumer behaviours is key to tackling marine pollution and there are a variety of levers that can affect these as well as information campaigns and education.
This session will consider how we can work together to promote behaviour change through a range of interventions, and the effectiveness of these methods.

Day 2 (AM)/Session 2 - Marine Sector Litter

Approximately 20% of marine litter originates from the marine sector itself. This session will consider the scale of different marine sector industries’ contributions to marine litter, and the associated policies, legislation, initiatives and projects which aim to reduce their impact.

Day 2 (AM)/Session 3 - Marine Litter Sinks

Marine litter sinks are areas that suffer from a disproportionate level of marine litter as a result of prevailing winds and water currents. This session will give an overview of the extent of the challenge marine litter sinks pose both in Scotland and internationally.
Drawing on the experience of science, policy, Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) and communities, it will consider actions to identify and clear up these areas of accumulated litter and look at emerging methods to tackle this problem.

Day 2 (AM)/Session 4 - Citizen Science

Improving our understanding of marine litter requires considerable data collection, and this is not limited to researchers. Individuals, communities and groups are collecting valuable data which is being used to inform robust scientific conclusions. This session will look at examples of citizen science projects, covering citizen recruitment and data collection through to project outputs and impact.

Day 2 (AM)/Session 5 - Microplastic & Microfibres

Microplastics, including microfibres, come from a number of sources and accumulate in the marine environment and the animals which feed there. The diversity of microplastic pollution sources makes them particularly hard to tackle, from car tyre wear to paint
This session will take a closer look at microplastics; how their levels are being monitored and at the damage they may cause to our environment. It will look at work being undertaken to tackle microplastic pollution at source, and review what changes can be made on a personal and national scale to try to address this issue.

Day 2 (AM)/Session 6 - Marine Spatial Planning Challenge

The ‘Maritime Spatial Planning Challenge’ is a table top strategy game designed for those with an interest in ecosystem based Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) and the sustainable growth of marine and maritime sectors (known as Blue Growth).
The game is intended to be used as a tool to engage people with the concepts and processes involved in Maritime Spatial Planning, and has been developed for use as an innovative tool for stakeholder engagement in marine planning in Scotland.

Day 2 (AM)/Session 7 - Stemming The Flow Of Plastics; The Circular Economy

In an effort to consider our relationship overall with plastic, this session will look at some of the work taking place across Scotland to challenge our reliance on plastic, encouraging individuals and businesses to minimise waste and ensure that any waste produced is being properly disposed of.

Day 2 (PM)/Session 1 - Innovation

This session will showcase examples of innovative technology - both being developed and already in use - to reduce marine litter. This includes examples which remove litter directly from the water, prevent waste from reaching the water,  make the most of debris washed up from the sea, and the development of alternative products which are environmentally friendly. This session will also look at the processes and levers in place to help get ideas get off the ground.

Day 2 (PM)/Session 2 - International Working

Marine litter is a global problem, and solutions therefore require international working. This session will describe marine litter policy and legislation in a European and International context. It’s an opportunity to share best practice and discuss the benefits and realities of co-ordinated work across countries.

Day 2 (PM)/Session 3 - Community Action

Everyone has a role to play in tackling marine litter. This session will empower individuals to make changes close to home and take action at a community level. Speakers will share learning and success stories of how they have driven positive change on their doorsteps. This will also be an opportunity for groups to provide guidance and advice to drive projects, including accessing funding.

Day 2 (PM)/Session 4 - Pre-production Plastics (Nurdles)

Due to the amount of ways it can be used, plastic has become an integral part of modern life. However before plastic can be converted into specific products, it must first be transported to converter facilities in powder, flake or pellet form. Leaks can occur throughout the supply chain and they happen globally, making it difficult to identify the source once pellets have reached the sea.
There is no feasible method for removing nurdles from our seas at present; as such efforts must concentrate on preventing leaks in the first place. This session will take a look at the efforts being taken by the plastics industry to minimise plastic spills, both within the UK and across Europe.

Day 2 (PM)/Session 5 - Sewage Related Debris

Sewage-related debris is one of the most prevalent forms of marine litter. This session will discuss actions to tackle it, including behaviour change projects and alternative products that consumers can use to minimise the amount of litter accumulating in our sewer systems. It will also discuss changes being implemented to minimise the likelihood of this debris subsequently ending up at sea.

Day 2 (PM)/Session 6 - Young People's Workshop and Panel

This session is aimed at young people aged 11-26. The workshop will explore how young people are working to support marine conservation and tackle marine litter, and identify ways to encourage other young people to participate. At the end of the session, participants will get the opportunity to ask the experts questions about what we're doing for our marine environment.

Day 2 (PM)/Session 7 - Marine Spatial Planning Challenge

The ‘Maritime Spatial Planning Challenge’ is a table top strategy game designed for those with an interest in ecosystem based Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) and the sustainable growth of marine and maritime sectors (known as Blue Growth).
The game is intended to be used as a tool to engage people with the concepts and processes involved in Maritime Spatial Planning, and has been developed for use as an innovative tool for stakeholder engagement in marine planning in Scotland.


Do you have questions about Scotland's International Marine Conference 2019? Contact Marine Scotland

When

Wednesday, 20 February 2019 at 12:00 - Thursday, 21 February 2019 at 17:30 (GMT)


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Marine Scotland

Marine Scotland is a Directorate of the Scottish Government and is responsible for the integrated management of Scotland's seas.

Marine Scotland's purpose is to manage Scotland's seas for prosperity and environmental sustainability, working closely with our key delivery partners and others.

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