Making it Count: Science in Support of Ocean Conservation and Governance

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Location: The Nest, UBC Campus, Vancouver, Canada
Topic: Making it Count: Science in Support of Ocean Conservation and Governance

Join us in Vancouver for a 2-day symposium on creating actionable science and facilitating the transition from science to policy. Attendance is free of charge – everyone is welcome! Please register by January 15, 2023.

Drawing on experiences learned through GOBI’s work over the past decade or more, this event will explore ways to improve on existing mechanisms to bring science to policy, at a time when we face a sixth mass extinction and the policyscape is undergoing a step change.

Connectivity – between species, ecosystems, habitats and humans – and its implication for area-based management, both within and beyond national jurisdiction, is a key theme of this event.

We will examine how the marine science community can strengthen its relationships with decision-makers and competent authorities to ensure the best science is available at the right time to underpin decision-making and inform future policy priorities. We will also reflect on the opportunities, challenges and barriers for marine science in a changing world. How do we chart the path ahead for our ocean, and what does conservation and sustainable use of marine resources look like in 2030?

This is not your normal ‘show and tell’ event: we aim to maximise interactive dialogue, discussion and debate – so expect to be part of the conversation! We will explore the potential to use the outcomes of our discussions at this event as the basis for a commentary or opinion piece in a relevant publication.

Who will be in the room? As well as marine research scientists and students, we invite those working in policy development, decision-making, regulation and oversight to join us, as well as those working in marine agencies, blue industries and the NGO sector. It is our intention that this event is a forum for conversation, exchange of ideas and inspiration for new initiatives. Where can GOBI’s achievements provide a springboard to build new partnership and collaborations to really make marine science count?