What is ‘Sea Scotland’?
Sea Scotland is an annual conference series which has been held since 2016 and aims to bring together the marine community and facilitate debate on critical issues facing the marine environment in Scotland. It is co-ordinated by a Steering Group comprising Scottish Environment LINK and their Marine Group Members, Fauna and Flora International, Howell Marine Consulting, and the Universities of Aberdeen and Edinburgh. Past Sea Scotland conferences have attracted a wide range of Scottish marine stakeholders, providing a multi-interest forum for dialogue and knowledge-exchange for progressive marine policy and management. More information on previous Sea Scotland conferences can be found on our website.
Sea Scotland 2021: Our Ocean and Society
Our maritime heritage is key to Scotland’s economy and cultural identity and has played an important role in shaping our communities. But despite its significance, climate change, unsustainable fishing, industrial development, and pollution have caused widespread degradation across our marine ecosystems, threatening the services they provide. Transformative change in how we use, manage and connect to our ocean, is now needed to ensure that ecosystems can recover, thrive and support society.
Following the intertwined climate, nature and health emergencies, 2021 must bring a new beginning, with Scotland’s Green Recovery from the Covid pandemic and a just transition journey to net zero. Integral to both, we must turn the tide of ocean decline to one of ocean recovery.
This year is crucial for our ocean, being Scotland’s extended Year of Coasts and Waters, a celebration of our freshwater and maritime heritage and an opportunity to highlight how we can all contribute to environmental enhancement. It is also the year of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity intercessional (COP15) and the start of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development and UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration. The crucial COP 26 climate summit will also take place in Glasgow later this year, where the eyes of the world will be on Scotland and the actions we take to promote the role of the environment, including our ocean, in supporting solutions to the climate emergency.
For its 6th edition, Sea Scotland 2021 aims to explore the relationship between communities and the ocean and reflect on the strategies and actions needed to tackle the intertwined nature and climate emergencies. We want to share the inspiring stories of communities across Scotland who are working to protect and enhance the marine environment. Through presentations and interactive discussion sessions, we will:
- Explore the role of communities in the priority themes of ocean recovery, the circular economy and climate change.
- Enhance the capacity of communities, including young people, to engage in transformative action to tackle the climate and nature crises
- Explore opportunities to build on new and existing initiatives to drive ocean recovery in Scotland
Agenda coming soon!