SEA SCOTLAND 2019
Sea, Soul and Society: Adapting to climate change
Sea Scotland is an annual conference, now in its 4th year, which aims to bring together key actors and facilitate discussion on critical issues facing the marine environment in Scotland to support progressive marine policy and management. The theme for Sea Scotland 2019 will be marine and coastal climate change adaptation.
Our society and businesses need to adapt to climate change impacts that are now inevitable. Nature can help us adapt, limiting the risks and providing some new opportunities, but nature may itself need to adapt to changing physical and chemical conditions. To be ‘climate ready’ we need to:
– Help ecosystems to function naturally, to be as resilient as possible and able to provide us with many benefits;
– Identify, protect and where possible enhance the features and functions of nature that help shield us from the negative effects of climate change;
– Ensure businesses and communities will be robust to projected changes that may affect their physical infrastructure or the natural resources upon which they depend;
– Help people, nature and businesses to adapt to climate change, by making it easier to take action and make the right choices.
The challenge is intellectual in terms of the required scientific knowledge and policy drivers, but also behavioural. At the levels of the individual, communities, organisations and businesses, we seek wider spread change in the choices and actions people take; we call these adaptation behaviours.
Sea Scotland 2019 will take place on Wednesday 19th June, 9.30am – 4.30pm, at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation. Registration for Sea Scotland 2019 opens on 25th March! Keep checking the website, Twitter and LinkedIn for further updates.
BECOME A SEA SCOTLAND 2019 SPONSOR!
Would you like your organisation to stand out at Sea Scotland 2019? Why not become a conference sponsor? With around 100 delegates from across marine science, policy and industry it is the perfect opportunity to raise the profile of your organisation and its work. Sponsorship opportunities are now available – please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and an application pack.
Sponsor Sea Scotland from a little as £175, and enjoy a range of benefits including exhibition space, free delegate places and social media coverage.
Your sponsorship will also help others, allowing the conference to provide support for local community interests and young people to attend and contribute their perspectives.
Closing date for sponsorship applications is Friday 29th March, 2019.
ABOUT SEA SCOTLAND
The annual Sea Scotland conference provides a multi-interest forum for Scotland-focused dialogue and knowledge-exchange for progressive marine policy and management. The conference aims to bring together bring experts and stakeholders to generate and share innovative thinking in order that Scotland addresses challenges of managing activities within its seas sustainably.
Hosted in Kinghorn, Fife, Sea Scotland 2018 built on the successes of Sea Scotland 2017 and the inaugural Sea Scotland 2016 conference to bring together marine industry representatives, conservation bodies, academics, policy makers along with international experts and national government. In 2018 the Sea Scotland Steering Group worked with Young Scot representatives as part of the Year of Young People (2018). This included exploring ideas for improved youth engagement and ensuring the conference provides a platform for youth views on the marine environment, its development and governance. Discussion focused on the role of communities and young people in decision making for your seas. You can see the 2018 conference programme and reports here.
The conference is a partner-driven initiative involving the Marine Alliance for Science and Technology Scotland (MASTS), Ocean Dialogues Ltd., Scottish Environment LINK, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), and the Universities of Aberdeen and Edinburgh.
For any further information, or to discuss how you or your organisation might get involved in next year’s Sea Scotland conference, contact the organisers.
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