“Our Ocean, Our People, Our Prosperity.” The Republic of Palau will host the 7th Our Ocean Conference from April 13-14, 2022. The conference, which draws on Palau’s rich tradition as an ocean society and focuses on islander perspectives and approaches to ensuring the health of our ocean, is a key moment for governments, civil society, and industry to commit to concrete and significant actions to protect the ocean.
Our Ocean will focus on six Areas of Action to center traditional ocean conservation and amplify decisive and collective action: Advancing Marine Protected Areas for Communities, Ecosystems, and Climate; Tackling Marine Pollution; Confronting the Ocean-Climate Crisis or Towards an Ocean Solution for Climate Change; Creating Sustainable Blue Economies; Advancing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries and Aquaculture; and Achieving a Safe, Just and Secure Ocean.
Blue Food at Our Ocean
Global demand for blue food is expected to double by 2050, yet blue food is often ignored in decision-making. Like for all food systems, growing demand poses both opportunities and challenges. We need thoughtful investments and policies to foster a thriving, regenerative blue food sector. The Our Ocean Conference in Palau presents an opportunity to strengthen blue food commitments and highlight how blue food can contribute across the six Areas of Action.
Q&A | Blue food traditions, communities and culture in the Pacific
Ann Singeo and Caroline Ferguson, researchers of marine resource management and sustainable food systems, discuss their collaborative research on food systems in Palau and the Pacific. Read the Q&A
Plenary Session | Advancing Sustainable Fisheries
13 April 2022 | 10:40-11:55AM PWT
Blue Food Assessment team members Fiorenza Micheli and Shakuntala Thilsted join other leaders to discuss the role of small-scale fisheries and aquaculture in sustainable fisheries management.
Side Event | Blue Foods: Crucial Component to a Climate-Resilient Blue Economy in Global Communities
13 April 2022 | 5:20-6:20PM PWT
Pacific leaders, governments and others will join forces to integrate blue foods into decision-making and policies that can sustain a growing population in a changing climate and contribute to a thriving blue economy and resilient
communities. Read more
Booth | Building Blue Food Futures for People and the Planet
An on-site exhibition booth highlights scientific research from the Blue Food Assessment, global collaboration through the Aquatic Blue Foods Coalition and regional action through the Pacific Community (SPC). Explore the booth