Symposium: Delivering on Climate & Biodiversity Targets Through Better Fisheries Management

Delivering on Climate & Biodiversity Targets Through Better Fisheries Management

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During March 2021, Our Fish organised a a four-day virtual symposium Delivering on Climate & Biodiversity Targets Through Better Fisheries Management, which explored how ending overfishing is critical for realising the EU’s response to the biodiversity and climate emergency. The EU has a unique opportunity to play a leading role on the world stage during both the UNFCCC COP 26 in Glasgow and the Convention on Biological Diversity COP 15 in Kunming.

Monday 22nd March 2021, 16-17.30 CET/ 08-09:30 PST
Science webinar: Ending overfishing delivers for climate mitigation, adaptation, biodiversity and people 
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Tuesday 23rd March 2021, 16-17.30 CET / 08-09:30 PST
Science webinar: Ecosystem-based fisheries, building resilience and helping small-scale fishers 


Wednesday 24th March 2021, 15:00-16:30 CET / 07-08:30 PST 
Workshop on climate guidelines for fisheries – policy-makers and fisheries managers only 
A range of evidence will be presented by scientists during the first two scientific webinars, while this third workshop will give a brief overview of that science, before breakout groups will explore the policy pathways and workshop a proposed checklist for realising climate action through better fisheries management.

  • Prof. Alex Rogers, Director of Science at REV Ocean: The carbon cycle, life in the ocean and climate mitigation
  • Ivonne Ortiz, Senior Research Scientist and Associate Director, Cooperative Institute for Climate, Ocean and Ecosystem Studies, University of Washington: A checklist for policy-makers to realise fisheries management as climate action
  • Workshop in breakout groups with scientists and policy-makers

Thursday 25th March 2021, 14:00-15:00 CET / 06-07:00 PST 
Fireside-chat with EU decision-makers

This fireside-chat is the fourth event in a four-day virtual symposium exploring how ending overfishing is critical to realising the EU response to the biodiversity and climate emergency. The fireside-chat will present both the science and pathway to decision-makers to help pave a way forward as they prepare for UNFCCC COP 26 in Glasgow, and the CBD COP 15 in Kunming.

  • Rashid Sumaila, Professor and Director of the Fisheries Economics Research Unit at the University of British Columbia Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
  • Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans & Fisheries Virginijus Sinkevicius
  • Ska Keller, Member of European Parliament, Co-President of the European Greens/EFA
  • Farah Obaidullah, Ocean Advocate, Founder of Women4Oceans

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