SEA SCOTLAND 2019
Save the Date! Sea Scotland 2019 will take place on Wednesday 19th June, 9.30am – 4.30pm, at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation. There couldn’t be a more appropriate venue for this year’s conference theme of marine and coastal climate change, with a particular focus on adaptation.
Throughout 2018 we have been increasingly reminded of the need to take action to mitigate and adapt to climate change, not least through the IPCC special report on 1.5°C. Scotland’s marine environment, and the ecosystem services it provides, is at risk from numerous climate change impacts and there is evidence that numerous marine species are already being affected. At Sea Scotland, we would like to take the opportunity to bring together a variety of marine professionals, decision-makers, community interests and young people to draw on current research and discuss these issues. Which are our most vulnerable habitats and species, and how can we better protect them? How can we implement solutions through existing mechanisms, such as the marine planning system and marine protected areas? Are there any benefits of climate change to the marine environment that can be sustainably utilised?
Interested to be more involved in Sea Scotland 2019? Contact the steering group about presentation, workshop or sponsorship opportunities.
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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