On June 10th, 2022, 3-4 PM NZ (3-4 AM UTC), we will have the Marine Biodiversity Networking Friday especially focusing on broad-scale marine biodiversity patterns in Asia-Pacific regions. Dr Dinusha Jayathilake will talk about her studies identifying the distribution of marine biomes on a global scale, especially focusing on seagrass and kelp communities, and Dr Qianshuo Zhao about mapping marine ecosystems and biodiversity-rich spots in global oceans and the West Pacific region.
On May 13th, 2022, 1-2 PM UTC we had a dedicated session to Antarctic Marine biodiversity. Dr. Huw Griffiths talked about Antarctic Biogeography and Dr Fernando Tarapow about Biodiversity in the context of the Antarctic Treaty. The Antarctic may appear almost lifeless, a cold desert where tiny plants and animals clinging on to rare rocky gaps in the ice, but below the frozen ocean surface is a rich, varied, and complex community of species shaped by dramatic past geological, oceanographic and climate changes.
On April 8th, 2022, 8-9 AM UTC (3-4 PM in Thailand, 4-5 PM in the Philippines, 5-6 PM in Japan) we will have the Marine Biodiversity Networking Friday on IOC/WESTPAC and coral reef survey and recovery activities.
On March 11th, 2022, 1-2 PM UTC we will have presentations on Essential Ocean Variables (EOVs) within the context of a Global Ocean Observation System. The objectives of this session are to provide a better understanding of marine life to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and to facilitate connections and strengthen collaboration among existing marine biodiversity-related Un Decade of the Ocean activities.
On March 4th, 2022, 1-3 PM UTC, as an early celebration of the International Women’s Day, we will host a dedicated Networking Friday on Women Empowerment in Aquaculture, which was jointly organized with the ASTRAL Project. The panel is filled with brilliant women in aquaculture working on the most diverse sectors, from international NGO to business and industry as well as academia and network organizations. They will share their experiences and inspire us by giving a vision of the challenges and the amazing work they are doing in the Aquaculture sector.
On February 18th, 2022, 1-3 PM UTC we will learn more about the CE2COAST Project: Downscaling Climate and Ocean Change to Services: Thresholds and Opportunities with Richard Bellerby, NIVA, Norway; Véronique Garçon, LEGOS, France; Momme Butenschön, CMCC, Italy; Kirsten Isensee, IOC-UNESCO, and Rachel Cave, NUI Galway, Ireland. The moderator will be Welcome by Willem De Moor, JPI Oceans.
On February 11th, 2022, 1-2 PM UTC we will have Masahiro Nakaoka, professor at Hokkaido University and the director of Akkeshi Marine Station, Field Science Centre for Northern Biosphere (Hokkaido University) and Aileen Tan Shau Hwai professor in the School of Biological Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and Director of the Centre for Marine and Coastal Studies (CEMACS) in USM, presenting on marine biodiversity monitoring in the Indo-West Pacific Region. Science, education, outreach and empowering the public in biodiversity protection will be debated.
On January 14th, 2022, 1-2 PM UTC we had David Obura, Founding Director of CORDIO East Africa, and Nic Bax from CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere Flagship. David and Nic represent regularly the African and Australian Governments, respectively, at meetings of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The post-2020 CBD framework calls for parties to significantly step up their efforts on the collection, analysis, and delivery of biodiversity observations to advance the world towards the 2050 Vision for Biodiversity. In this session, David and Nic will present marine monitoring, indicators and place-based management for post-2020 decision-making.
On November 12th, 2021, 1-2 PM UTC, we will have our first Marine Biodiversity Networking Friday, which will be brought to you by the Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON) and the AIR Centre. This session, MBON and the organization of a global community for the Ocean Decade: Priorities, benefits, and co-design strategies, will engage participants in the design of the Marine Life 2030 Ocean Decade program, including a request to contribute to the leadership of themes and tasks.