Blue Forest Week: Day 1 (Nov 16)

A Global Perspective on Blue Forests

Day 1: Tuesday 16 November

13:00 - 16:00

Language: English

Session 1

13:00 - 14:00
Global pledges and plans: What do they mean for blue forests?

We are not on track to reach our global  climate and biodiversity goals. The UN Climate Change Conference (COP 26) and part 1 of the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP 15) are taking place this autumn. In this session we will therefore explore what has happened, what will happen, and what this means for the future of blue forests.


Welcome to the second annual Blue Forest Week!


Negotiating a new global framework for biodiversity post 2020: Highlights from part 1 of COP 15, and the way forward


Accelerating action against climate change: Highlights from COP 26


COP 15, COP 26 and the future of blue forests


Panel discussion: Call to Action for Blue Forests – How can Norway contribute internationally?


14:00 - 14:10

Session 2

14:10 - 15:00

Linda Jonsson, UNEP

Kelp from A to Z: Prelaunch of the UNEP - NBFN global kelp assessment report

Kelp forests are nature’s underwater forests. This session will give a preview of the UNEP & NBFN global kelp assessment. The report is an international first in the assessment of kelp diversity, distribution, health, threats, ecosystem services, and knowledge gaps, as well as policy and management challenges and solutions. It brings together researchers from around the world, including specialists in ecology, ecosystem services, management and policy.


Placing kelp forests in the international climate change and biodiversity discussion


Kelp as a nature-positive solution: a Scandinavian perspective


A behind the scenes look at the UNEP & NBFN global kelp assessment report

Animated video


Blue discussions

15:00 - 16:00

Peter Haugan, IMR

Blue Discussions

An opportunity for participants and speakers to further discuss the topics of the day and network with each other.

Language: English

Topic: The future of blue forests on the global policy arena

Day 1: Speakers