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So far yet so close: Why the high seas matter to coastal communities

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WEBINAR: So far yet so close: Why the high seas matter to vulnerable coastal communities

Join our webinar on 18 March 2019 to discuss the interconnectedness of the high seas and coastal waters and what this means for vulnerable coastal communities.

Because marine ecosystems are interconnected by ocean currents and the movement of migratory species, what happens in areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ) can impact territorial waters – and some more than others. Millions of people in vulnerable coastal communities depend heavily on coastal resources. The conservation and management of ecologically connected ABNJ can therefore have significant socioeconomic benefits for these communities.

This webinar, part of IIED's work programme on ‘Inclusive blue economy’, will discuss the scientific evidence behind interconnectedness between the high seas and territorial waters under a changing climate, and how this can inform inclusive ocean governance.

We will also discuss how different plausible future climate change scenarios may impact biodiversity in the high seas and, in turn, affect the resilience of vulnerable coastal communities.

Before our discussion, we'll hear from experts in marine system modelling, ocean governance, fisheries management and climate change, who will address four key questions:

  • What is ecological connectivity, and to what extent is marine biodiversity in ABNJ connected to territorial waters?

  • Why does conservation of the high seas need to take into account socioeconomic impacts on coastal developing states?

  • What are future scenarios and projections for fisheries in the high seas under a changing climate?

  • How will climate change impacts on biodiversity in the high seas affect potential revenue from fish in coastal developing states?

Our panellists are:
Dr Ekaterina Popova, Senior Research Scientist at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), UK
Prof William Cheung, Associate Professor, Ocean and Fisheries Institute, University of British Columbia, Canada.


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