PROGRAMME: FRIDAY 13/11

BLÅ SKOG-UKA 2020
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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

09:05

Liv Eva Kirkesæther, HI: Welcome

Leif John Fosse, Norwegian Ministry of Climate and EnvironmentOpening remarks

CASE STUDIES

09:20

09:35

09:50 – 10:00

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

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

carbon finance

Break

10:00

10:15

10:45 – 10:55

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

Gambia

Connel Fullenkamp, Duke University: The economic benefits of intact salt marshes 

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

11:30

Conclusions and wrap up

Moderated breakout rooms