Day 3: Thursday 18 November
09:30 - 12:30
A course correction for Norwegian coastal ecosystems?
There is a crisis in the Oslo Fjord. Activities along the coast and in the rivers have a number of negative consequences for blue forests. Sewage discharge, runoff from agriculture and extensive fishing must be controlled if we are to improve the conditions. The water management plans, which the counties will adopt this autumn, will ensure that fresh water and coastal water have a good ecological and chemical status. The comprehensive action plan for the Oslo fjord will supplement and strengthen the water management plans. Are the measures enough for kelp forests, seagrass beds and fish stocks to survive and continue to thrive?
10:20 - 10:30
Blue forests in the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration
This session will outline the challenges and opportunities for blue forest restoration. Topics will span novel tools that build resilience to climate change, upscaling strategies to match the scale of loss, and global initiatives.
The session will end with a panel debate on whether to prioritise restoring natural blue forests or to focus instead on aforestation – creating new forests using artificial reefs or green coastal and offshore infrastructure.
Panel discussion: Upscaling blue forest restoration
An opportunity for participants and speakers to further discuss the topics of the day and network with each other.