Global Dialogue on Ocean Accounting and First Annual Meeting of the Global Ocean Accounts Partnership

12 Nov 2019 to 15 Nov 2019
Sydney, Australia
By invitation only

Organizers:

Co-hosted by the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), supported by the World Bank Blue Economy Program.

The ocean is the life source of our planet, and a critical foundation of social and economic development. All countries have committed to conserve and sustainably use the ocean by 2030, and a growing number have established ambitious strategies to develop their ocean economy.

These commitments and strategies have been made in an era of profound challenges and change. Many marine and coastal ecosystems show rapid ongoing declines which are expected to compromise—sometimes irreversibly—benefits and opportunities that the ocean provides to people. Ocean-based economies have entered a historic period of structural transition, where the importance of established sectors (e.g. capture fisheries, oil and gas) are declining relative to emerging sectors (e.g. aquaculture, offshore renewable energy, biotechnology). Ocean economy growth prospects beyond 2030 are limited, without transformative action to achieve sustainability.

The Global Ocean Accounts Partnership brought together governments, international institutions, research organisations and other stakeholders, who have committed to support the sustainable development of the ocean through better organisation, inter-connection and standardisation of ocean-related data and statistics. The first Global Dialogue on Ocean Accounting brought together 100+ technical experts and decision-makers from around the world, to share experiences and lessons learned about ocean accounting, and plan collaborative efforts to ensure that the values and benefits of the ocean are recognised and accounted for, in all relevant policies and decision-making about social and economic development.

The first Global Dialogue on Ocean Accounting brought together 100+ technical experts and decision-makers from around the world, to share experiences and lessons learned about ocean accounting, and plan collaborative efforts to ensure that the values and benefits of oceans are recognised and accounted for, in all relevant policies and decision-making about social and economic development. The Global Dialogue and associated side events were designed in particular to bring together stakeholders involved or interested in the following initiatives:

Venue

John Niland Scientia Building, University of New South Wales, Sydney, High Street, Kensington, New South Wales, 2052, Australia.

Summary report

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ESCAP Stats Brief (Issue no. 22) - Ocean Accounts: the icing on the cake

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Agenda

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Plenary and small-group working sessions, focusing on: (1) review and discussion of draft global technical guidance on ocean accounting, (2) presentation and discussion of ocean accounts pilot projects, (3) discussion and planning for improving connections between ocean data, assessments and ocean governance, (4) high-level policy dialogue on national accounting and the ocean economy.

Background information, draft agenda, and logistical details

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List of Participants

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Presentations

Day 1 (12 November 2019)

Plenary Session
Introduction to the high-level policy context for Ocean Accounts Ben Milligan PDF
Introduction to the GOAP Technical Guidance on Ocean Accounts Michael Bordt PDF
Introduction to Ocean Accounts Pilot Projects Teerapong Praphotjanaporn PDF
Room A (Building Ocean Accounts): presentation and feedback session for country pilot projects, including ocean science and assessment activities
China Zhao Peng PDF
Malaysia Mary George, Azizan Abu Samah, Rizman Idid, Wee Cheah, Loh Kar Hoe, Illyani Ibrahim, Jillian Ooi, Sahadev Sharma PDF
Samoa Frances Reupina, Paul Meredith PDF
Thailand Kanjana Phumalee, Yuwanan Santitaweeroek PDF
Viet Nam Kim Thi Thuy Ngoc, Hoang Viet Anh, Ngo Nhu Ve, Dang Phuong Ha PDF
Room B (Using Ocean Accounts): raising awareness and explaining the utility and use cases for Ocean Accounts
The need for ocean accounts in Africa Ken Findlay PDF
Needs case – Australia Crystal Bradley PDF

Day 2 (13 November 2019)

Plenary Session: Report back
High Level Policy Dialogue: Identification of intergovernmental collaboration options for Ocean Accounts, informed by recommendations emerging from the High-Level Panel on a Sustainable Ocean Economy
High Level Policy Dialogue: Ocean Natural Capital Accounts and the Blue Economy Glenn Marie Lange PDF
Summary of Day 1 Session Pilot1A Room A (Building Ocean Accounts) Teerapong Praphotjanaporn PDF
Summary of Day 1 Session Pilot 1B Room B (Using Ocean Accounts) Rikke Munk Hansen PDF
Room A (Morning Session): Building Ocean Accounts - presentation and feedback session for country pilot projects, including ocean science and assessment activities.
Pilot study report – Canada Keldi Forbes, François Soulard, Jessica Andrews, Michael Bordt PDF
Coastal Remote Sensing Supporting Ocean Accounting - China Ping Zuo, Zhao Peng, Feixue Li, Hongyou Jiang PDF
Blue Carbon: Oceanic Natural-based solutions not only for climate change-China Zhao Peng, Shi Jianbin PDF
Ecosystem accounting in Port Phillip Bay and Western Port Reiss Mcleod PDF
Measuring the Ocean Economy (The Philippine Experience) Vivian Ilarina PDF
Room B (Morning Session): Using Ocean Accounts - Identification of policy use cases for Ocean Accounts and key policy questions for Ocean Accounts.
Hazard Mapping Ocean Risk of Tsunami and Flood: Case of Southern Hokkaido Michael Huang PDF
Conservation makes good economic sense: “eco-civilization” & biodiversity in the oceans Laurence McCook PDF
Needs case – Bangladesh Radm. Md. Khurshed Alam PDF
Needs case – Sri Lanka Pakeer Mohideen Amza PDF
Room A (Afternoon Session): Building Ocean Accounts - presentation and feedback session for country pilot projects, including ocean science and assessment activities
Using ocean accounts to plan for a Blue Economy at a sub national scale Michelle Voyer,Shanaka Herath, Stephanie Perkiss PDF
Gross Ecosystem Product Jin Wenjia PDF
Challenges in estimating ocean accounts: lessons from the Asia Pacific region (2004 2019) Alistair McIlgorm PDF
Room B (Afternoon Session): Using Ocean Accounts - identification of policy use cases for Ocean Accounts and key policy questions for Ocean Accounts.
Needs case – Palau Yimnang Golbu PDF
Needs case – Timor-Leste Mario Cabral PDF

Day 3 (14 November 2019)

Plenary (Key Discussion Points):
Summary of Day 2 Plenary Panel Michael Bordt PDF
Summary of Day 2, Session Pilot 2A, Room A (Building Ocean Accounts) Michael Vardon PDF
Summary of Day 2, Session 3A, Room A (Building Ocean Accounts) Vivian Ilarina PDF
Summary of Day 2, Session 2B and 3B, Room B (Using Ocean Accounts) Sarah Taylor, Zak Baillie PDF
Keynote presentation: connections between Ocean Accounts and ocean science Ken Findlay PDF
Room A Morning Session: Building Ocean Accounts - review and refinement of zero draft Technical Guidance on Ocean Accounting, including presentations on specialist scientific and technical issues
Discussion on Technical Guidance: Overview and issues Michael Bordt PDF
Global Ocean Data Inventory Lyutong Cai PDF
Overview of the SEEA EEA Revision process Francois Soulard, Alessandra Alfieri PDF
Feasibility Study for Mapping Global Ocean Ecosystem Feixue Li PDF
Ecosystems in a global context: The IUCN Global Ecosystem Typology David Keith, Jose Rafael, Ferrer Paris, Emily Nicholson, Richard Kingsford, & 36 co-authors PDF
Room B (Morning Session): Using Ocean Accounts -review and refinement of zero draft Technical Guidance on Ocean Accounting, including presentations on specialist policy and governance issues.
Using natural capital accounting for ocean policy and management Michael Vardon, Peter Burnett, Rocky Harris and Sofia Ahlroth PDF
Marine Pollution – Sri Lanka Pakeer Mohideen Amza PDF
Room A (Afternoon Session): Building Ocean Accounts - review and refinement of zero draft Technical Guidance on Ocean Accounting, including presentations on specialist scientific and technical issues.
5 Components in Building an Ocean Economy Account Charles S. Colgan PDF
Ocean (Coastal/Marine) Accounts for Zanzibar Glenn-Marie Lange PDF
Room B (Afternoon Session): Using Ocean Accounts - review and refinement of zero draft Technical Guidance on Ocean Accounting, including presentations on specialist policy and governance issues.
Dashboards for Ocean Accounts Ethan T. Addicott PDF
Big Science – Big Opportunity Sarah Taylor PDF
Modelling and ocean accounts Andy Steven PDF

Day 4 (15 November 2019)

Plenary: Report back from Rooms A and B and plenary discussion
Pacific Ocean Account Portal Gemma Van Halderen PDF
Summary of Day 3 Session TG1A Room A (Building Ocean Accounts) Glenn-Marie Lange PDF
Summary of Day 3 Session TG2A Room A (Building Ocean Accounts) François Soulard PDF
Summary of Day 3 Session TG 1B & 2B Room B (Using Ocean Accounts) Rikke Munk Hansen, Michelle Voyer PDF
Suggestions for actions to make progress on the ocean accounts within the next year François Soulard, Sanjesh Naidu, Rikke Munk Hansen PDF