Webinar: So far yet so close – why the high seas matter to vulnerable coastal communities

News, 6 February 2019
Join our webinar on 18 March 2019 to discuss the interconnectedness of the high seas and coastal waters, and what this means for vulnerable coastal communities.

Small-scale fishers in Vietnam depend heavily on coastal resources ((Photo: Hội An, Vietnam by Thijs Degenkamp on Unsplash)

Because marine ecosystems are interconnected by ocean currents and the movement of migratory species, what happens in areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ) can impact territorial waters – and some more than others.

Millions of people in vulnerable coastal communities depend heavily on coastal resources. The conservation and management of ecologically connected ABNJ can therefore have significant socioeconomic benefits for these communities.

This webinar, part of IIED's ‘Inclusive blue economy’ work programme, will discuss the scientific evidence behind interconnectedness between the high seas and territorial waters under a changing climate, and how this can inform inclusive ocean governance.

We will also discuss how different plausible future climate change scenarios may impact biodiversity in the high seas and, in turn, affect the resilience of vulnerable coastal communities.

Event details

Title: So far yet so close: why the high seas matter to vulnerable coastal communities
Date: Monday, 18 March 2019
Time: 3.30-4.30pm (GMT)
Designed for: In-country government staff (particularly in LDCs); intergovernmental organisations including the UN and Regional Fisheries Management Bodies; and researchers with backgrounds in ocean governance, fisheries management, marine system modelling, marine spatial planning, and ocean climate
Where: From your desk or portable internet device. Webinars are online workshops that people can attend via the internet
To join the webinar: Register via the Eventbrite booking platform.

The webinar will use Adobe Connect. For those who have not attended an Adobe Connect meeting before, please test your connection once you have registered. A quick start guide for desktop or mobile access (PDF) is also available.

Outline programme

Before our discussion, we'll hear from experts in marine system modelling, ocean governance, fisheries management and climate change, who will address four key questions:

  • What is ecological connectivity, and to what extent is marine biodiversity in ABNJ connected to territorial waters?
  • Why does conservation of the high seas need to take into account socioeconomic impacts on coastal developing states?
  • What are future scenarios and projections for fisheries in the high seas under a changing climate?
  • How will climate change impacts on biodiversity in the high seas affect potential revenue from fish in coastal developing states?

Our panellists are:

  • Dr Ekaterina Popova, senior research scientist at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), UK
  • Prof William Cheung, associate professor, Ocean and Fisheries Institute, University of British Columbia, Canada.


For more information about IIED's ocean and fisheries economics research programme: Essam Yassin Mohammed (eymohammed@iied.org), principal researcher, IIED's Shaping Sustainable Markets research group

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