The Forest Trends Marine Ecosystem Services (MARES) Katoomba Meeting is now winding down. We spent all day yesterday videoblogging from Palo Alto, and have spent much of today doing the same and uploading audio streams from Tuesday’s panel discussions. We should have all audio content uploaded by Thursday morning, with PDFs and summaries available shortly.
Katoomba XVI is just the latest in a string of events designed to bring the value of nature’s services into our global economy. It picks up where Katoomba XIV left off in Ghana, and sets the stage for the next two meetings, to take place in Viet Nam and the Democratic Republic of Congo. For a glimpse into the Katoomba Process, we’ve compiled a brief explanatory video here:
Into the Ocean
The Marine and Coastal Katoomba Meeting capitalizes on ever-expanding interest in finding innovative solutions to conserve our marine environment and resources, in order to safeguard human well-being. The dialog around market-based mechanisms has to-date focused on fishery catch shares and quota markets. Rather than focusing on the state of existing marine and coastal markets, we will instead concentrate on developing new financing tools and approaches and expanding the use of market-based mechanisms to other services, such as coastline stabilization, beach maintenance and production, fish nursery functions of mangroves and seagrass beds, coastal water quality and ocean carbon storage.
This meeting is the first in a series to strategize and develop action plans for realizing the potential of market-based mechanisms as a tool for conserving marine ecosystems and their services. It has three objectives: Catalyze the building of a global community of practice to support payment for ecosystem services (PES) and other innovative financing mechanisms for marine and coastal conservation; Create a strategy to reach consensus on a “blueprint for action” to guide future marine PES, offsets, and other market-based solutions to marine conservation problems; Lay the groundwork for developing a global set of marine PES test projects among public and private sector partners; and Distribute meeting outputs to inform policy makers, industry leaders, resource managers, conservation organizations, and coastal communities.
Day One: We will lay out the concepts on marine ecosystem services and market-based conservation mechanisms, e.g., experiences and ideas, lessons learned and best practices, particularly in the fisheries and water sectors.
Day Two: We will look ahead at the new framing on coastal and marine resource use, management, and policies that the ecosystem services paradigm has already begun stimulating.
To help bring this event to a larger audience, we have posted an outline of the proceedings as schedules. Over the next two days, we will be amending this outline to reflect any changes in the composition of panels, and we will also be uploading recordings of panel discussions, along with PDFs of presentation. You will be able to download the discussions or listen online.
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Streaming Content: Day One
The enormous value of ecosystem services is generating much attention. The public, decision-makers, and the business community are beginning to understand why protecting the habitats that provide those services benefits not only local communities and national economies, but also private sector investors.
- Ricardo Bayon, EKO Asset Management Partners
- Albert Cho, Cisco Systems
- Tundi Agardy, Forest Trends
- Lorenzo Rosensweig, Fondo Mexicano para la Conservacií³n de la Naturaleza
Setting the Stage: Opening Presentations
Presented by Winnie Lau, MARES Program, Forest Trends
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Presented by Mary Ruckelshaus, NOAA & Natural Capital Project, after introduction by Judy Kildow of the National Ocean Economics Program
Freshwater-to-Saltwater-to-Seafood Quality Markets
Presented by Linda Sheehan, California Coastkeeper Alliance
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Presented by Alejandro Calvache, The Nature Conservancy
Presented by Al Appleton, former New York City Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner
Presented by Eli Enns, Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations, British Columbia, Canada
Note: Parts of the Q&A are inaudible. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Engaging with the Tourism Sector
Tourism depends on tourists, who come because there’s something to see and experience. Along the shore, that sojethig usually involves biodiversity — whether in the form of coral reefs, mangroves, or the animals that inhabit and support them. This stream, therefore, focuses on biodiversity as an ecosystem service
Presented by Lauretta Burke, WRI
Presented by Peter Mumby, University of Exeter
Presented by Rick MacPherson, Coral Reef Alliance
Presented by Sibylle Riedmiller, Chumbe Island Coral Park, Inc., Tanzania
Note: The sound quality in the Q&A stream is sketchy, but the questions are fascinating. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Emerging Offshore Renewables
Presented by Mike Miller, EPRI
Presented by Seth Kaplan, Conservation Law Foundation
Presented by Daniel Cohen, Fishermen’s Energy of New Jersey (FERN)
Presented by Odigha Odigha, Government of Cross River State, Nigeria
Note: the sound quality on the QA session is sketchy
Harnessing Markets to Save Fisheries
Presented by Jim Sanchirico, UC Davis
Presented by Joe Plesha, Trident Seafoods
Presented by Alejandro Robles, Noroeste Sustentable
Day One Closing Presentation
Presented by Judy Kildow, The National Ocean Economics Program
Streaming Content: Day Two
Welcome and Review of Goals
Presented by Michael Jenkins, Forest Trends
Martha Isabel (Pati) Ruis Corzo, Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve, Mexico
Delivered by Bonnie McCay, Rutgers University
Community and other institutions, both formal and informal, play a critical role in setting the stage for development of marine markets and market-like mechanisms. But communities can also be at risk from private sector investment, if issues of equity, access, common property, and governance are not well understood and appreciated.
Solving Open Access Issues in Marine and Coastal Resource Utilization
Moderated by Indumathie Hewawasam, Marine Policy Specialist
Government policies can steer use so it is sustainable, even in the open access domain of oceans. While some policies can also drive marine market development, the spectrum of market mechanisms can also positively influence government policies. The use of marine protected areas, marine spatial planning, and community-based management have all been used to protect ecosystem services and secure the sustainability of financing for conservation.
Presented by Huynh Thi Mai, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Vietnam
Presented by Carlos Muí±oz Pií±a, National Institute of Ecology, Mexico
Presented by Tundi Agardy, standing in for Amr Ali, Hurghada Environmental Protection and Conservation Association, Egypt
Presented by Nyawira Muthiga, Wildlife Conservation Society
The Role of Civil Society in Catalyzing Market-based Marine Conservation
Moderator: Dan Suman, University of Miami
Presented by Astrid Scholz, Ecotrust
Presented by Rina Rosales, Resources, Environment and Economics Center for Studies, Inc., Philippines
Presented by Andrea Saenz-Arroyo, COBI, Mexico
Presented by Enrique Sanjurjo, WWF-Mexico
Blue Carbon: Extending Terrestrial Carbon Markets to Cover Marine and Coastal Carbon Pools
Preserving forests and reducing deforestation have been thought to be keys to combating the impacts of climate change. However, recent research shows that the oceans and coastal ecosystems can store comparable if not greater amounts of carbon than forests. It is time to include coastal and marine carbon pools in the carbon market dialogs.
Moderator: Robert Repetto, UN Foundation & Clean Air-Cool Planet
Presented by Richard Kenchington, UNEP
Presented by Joerg Seifert-Granzin, Katoomba Group
Presented by Walter Vergara, World Bank
Presented by Marc Stuart, EcoSecurities
The Role of Private Sector in Forging Marine Ecosystem Services Markets
Governments, academia, and NGOs all play a role in crafting solutions to the loss of ecosystem services, and along with communities and the private sector, can help a shape a future in which ecosystem services are not just protected, but are the basis for profitable investing.
Moderator: Marea Hatziolas, The World Bank
Presented by Adam Cole, California Department of Insurance
Presented by Stephen Bushnell, Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company
Presented by Paul Holthus, World Ocean Council
Presented by Jim Cannon, Sustainable Fisheries Partnership
Presented by Bettina von Hagen, Ecotrust
Closing Remarks Presented by Tundi Agardy
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