BLUE FOREST WEEK 2020

NORWEGIAN BLUE FOREST NETWORK INVITES YOU TO A DIGITAL CONFERENCE

From Monday 9 to Friday 13 November, Blue Forest Week 2020 will set the agenda for Norwegian and international efforts around blue forests. The programme lasts about three hours each day, Monday to Thursday is in Norwegian and Friday is in English – and it is free!´

FRIDAY 13 NOVEMBER

This day is dedicated to the global perspective. International case studies will highlight the importance of the variety of blue forest ecosystems – mangroves and seagrass as tropical ecosystems, as well as salt marshes and kelp as temperate ones. The speakers will examine how these ecosystems support a sustainable blue economy, for example through livelihoods and food security benefitting local communities, but also carbon storage as a global benefit.

Following the case studies, a panel discussion will  focus on how protecting and restoring these ecosystems can be ‘nature-based solutions’ to climate change, biodiversity conservation and health. Panelists will join us from Norway, Chile and UNEP Headquarters in Kenya.

OPENING

09: 00

Liv Eva Kirkesæther, HI: Welcome
09: 05

Leif John FosseNorwegian Ministry of Climate and EnvironmentOpening remarks

                                                                             CASE STUDIES
09: 20

Karen Filbee-Dexter, The University of Western Australia and IMR: Role of kelp globally in Blue Carbon
09: 35

Dr. James G. Kairo, Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute: Community benefits derived from carbon

finance
09: 50 – 10:00

Break
10: 00

Anna Mbenga Cham, Department of Fisheries: Economic benefits of healthy seagrass communities in The Gambia
10: 15

Connel Fullenkamp, Duke University: The economic benefits of intact salt marshes
10: 45 – 10:55

Break
10: 55

Panel discussion: How protecting and restoring Blue Forests can be ‘nature-based solutions’ to climate change,

biodiversity conservation and health

 

Moderator: Peter HauganProgramme Director, IMR

 

Panelists:

 

 Takehiro Nakamura, Head of the Marine and Coastal Ecosystems Unit, UN Environment Programme

 

– Vidar Helgesen, Special Advisor, Norwegian Foreign Ministry

 

– Steven Lutz,

 Senior Programme Officer, Blue Carbon Lead, GRID-Arendal

11: 25

Conclusions and wrap up
11:30

Moderated breakout rooms