Policy, science and business for sustainable oceans


Sunday 12 May, 2019



Sunday 12 May, 2019


Tromsø, Norway


Onboard KV Andenes from Tromsø to Sommarøy, Norway

We are all dependent on the oceans and part of the blue economy. Our welfare and future prosperity depend on the health of the seas. We must find a good balance between exploitation and protection of living marine resources. The oceans provide us with jobs, food, energy, medicines and opportunities. If managed wisely, the oceans will help us to fight poverty, build prosperity and create a healthy blue economy. However, the oceans are under threat from the effects of climate change, marine litter and pollution, loss of habitats and biodiversity, and overfishing.

As part of Norway’s campaign for a seat on the UN Security Council this seminar is organized in cooperation between The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Arctic Frontiers. The seminar addresses opportunities and challenges in sustainable ocean management. Discussions will be moderated by Ole Øvretveit, Director Arctic Frontiers. The seminar has an interactive form. Short introductions will be followed by discussion through comments and questions from all participants.

10:30-11:15 – session I (on deck)

Session I will address the following topics:

The effects of Climate Change manifests themselves in a number of ways in the Arctic Ocean. The dramatic reduction in sea ice has global ramifications like rising sea levels. Other significant effects include changes to marine food webs, changes in species distributions, and alterations in ocean chemistry. In addition, marine pollution and litter is a major problem in parts of the Arctic. How can regional cooperation contribute to reductions of marine litter?

Short introductions by:

  • Kim Holmen, Norwegian Polar Institute
  • Tore Furevik, University of Bergen/Bjerknes Centre
  • Geir Wing Gabrielsen, Norwegian Polar Institute

Discussion, exchange of views within the group

12:30 -13:15 Session II (session will take place in helicopter hangar)

Session II will address the following topics:

Ocean health is important to the blue economy and the food production from the oceans. Arctic fisheries amounts to 10% of global catch and depends on healthy ecosystems and sound management systems. Modern technology is part of the solution for sustainable ocean management, and satellite monitoring is now a critical element of our management. In addition, aquaculture is increasingly important in the Arctic.

Short introductions by:

  • State Secretary, Jens Frølich Holte, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Benjamin Planque, Institute of Marine Research
  • Edel Elvevoll, UiT The Arctic University of Norway
  • Jan Petter Pedersen, Vice President KSAT
  • Edvard Hviding, University of Bergen

Discussion, exchange of views within the group


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