Monday, June 27, 2016

27/06/2016: WOC 2016 “Sustainable ocean summit” website, registration and call for abstracts now open

The World Ocean Council is pleased to announce that the Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS 2016) website, registration and call for abstracts are now open at  

Opportunities for becoming an SOS 2016 Sponsor, Endorser or Media Partner are also available.

SOS 2016 will take place in Rotterdam on 30 November-2 December 2016. The theme is 'Ocean 2030: sustainable development goals and the ocean business community.'

The international ocean business community will gather to advance leadership and collaboration in developing industry-driven solutions to ocean sustainable development challenges.

Overall, SOS 2016 will:
  • Address the 2016-2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and what they mean for the ocean business community. 
  • Advance development of SDG targets and indicators being developed with and for the Ocean Business Community via the WOC during 2016.
The SOS 2016 potential plenary sessions include: 
  1. Sustainable development goals (sdgs) and the ocean business community
  2. Ocean executive forum: the multi-sector ocean ceo panel
  3. Ocean 2030: ocean industry projections and the future of the ocean economy
  4. European blue growth: eu plans for the ocean economy and sustainable development, and the role of the marine strategy directive
  5. Investment and innovation for ocean sustainable development
The SOS 2016 call for abstracts for presentations in the SOS Parallel Sessions below is also available at, via the ‘Program’ tab. Abstract submission deadline is 31 July 2016.

The SOS 2016 potential Parallel Sessions include:

Improving ocean governance and marine planning 
  • Law of the sea: what the development of a new binding legal agreement means for ocean industries and how to engage with other ocean stakeholders in balancing biodiversity and sustainable development
  • Marine planning and international waters: shaping high seas sustainable development through spatial planning
  • Marine planning and the north sea: multiple ocean use and sustainable development in a heavily used, transboundary sea basin
  • Multi-use offshore infrastructure: creating synergies in ocean industry facilitiesThe future of ocean habitation: projects and plans for living on and under the seas
Conserving marine biodiversity and reducing marine pollution 
  • Marine Protected areas and ocean industries: balancing biodiversity conservation and sustainable development in an interconnected global ocean
  • Marine sound: reducing impacts to biodiversity through a global, multi-industry approach to marine sound
  • BioFouling and invasive species: reducing impacts to biodiversity through a global, multi-industry approach to biofouling 
  • Plastics and marine debris: reducing impacts to biodiversity by ensuring adequate port reception facilities for shipborne wastes and discharges
Improving ocean knowledge 
  • Smart ocean-smart industries: industry data collection to improve ocean and climate knowledge
Contributing to food security 
  • Fisheries: ocean industry interactions and sustainable fisheries in a growing multiple-use ocean
  • Pirate fishing: the role of ocean industries, technology and innovation in reducing iuu fishing
  •  Aquaculture: advancing sustainable aquaculture in an increasingly crowded, multi-use ocean
Image: Tony Hisgett
Addressing climate change 
  • Adaptation: ocean industry collaboration to ensure ports resiliency for sea level rise and extreme events 
  • Ocean acidification: advancing ocean business community knowledge and action 
  • Reducing CO2: evaluating the potential for responsible carbon uptake initiatives  
  • Renewable energy and the ocean: addressing constraints to the growth of offshore wind and ocean energy
Advancing maritime industry collaboration 
  • Maritime clusters: progress and lessons learned in private sector collaboration to advance responsible ocean economic development 
  • Maritime accidents: prevention, search, rescue, recovery, salvage and pollution prevention 
  • Marine engines: improving energy efficiency and reducing emissions across the sectors
Engaging sector developments and opportunities 
  • Marine mining: opportunities and challenges for a new ocean industry 
  • Dredging: environmentally responsible dredging in support of sustainable development 
  • Offshore oil and gas: cross-sectoral opportunities from rig decommissioning and re-use  
  • Shipping: potential for synergies among green/clean/sustainable shipping programs
Creating regional ocean industry leadership 
  • Arctic: ocean business scenarios and responsible Artic development 
  •  Western Indian Ocean/E Africa: regional ocean industry leadership
The WOC is especially seeking presentations by and for the ocean business community and will give preference to presentations from private sector representatives. Proposed presentations from government agencies, intergovernmental bodies, research or academic institutions, NGOs or others who are working closely with ocean industries will also be considered. The final SOS 2016 program will reflect the level of interest in the proposed session topics. New topics may be added based on expressions of interest from the ocean business community.

The SOS venue, Rotterdam Hilton, has special conference room rates available for a limited time. Conference space is limited so register early to secure a place at this unique, global, multi-industry gathering on sustainable development and the future of responsible ocean business.

Visit the summit website HERE.

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