16-17 May, 2017
CEBU CITY, PHILIPPINES
"Use ocean resources responsibly for a sustainable future"
To Conserve and sustainably use the oceans and seas and maritime resources for sustainable development.
The UN has launched a call for concrete actions to protect the ocean. There are more than three million people dependent on maritime and coastal diversity for their livelihood, yet today the over-exploited marine resource has depleted much of the world’s ocean resource. The time to act is “now”.
Being an archipelago and regarded as the astonishing "center of global marine biodiversity," the Philippines has more than half of its cities and municipalities in coastal areas. These communities are heavily reliant on the bounty of healthy seas for sustenance and income (Cinches, Rappler, 2015).
The Philippine Conference Rationale:
The Biodiversity Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in partnership with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources of the Department of Agriculture will be hosting the Oceans National Consultation in the country.
The Philippine Ocean Conference aims to develop voluntary commitments (VCs) from relevant national, regional and local agencies as well as private sector, multilateral and bilateral agencies and the academe. Voluntary commitments will include targets and strategic actions to boost the implementation of existing commitments on ocean related-issues, ultimately contributing to the attainment of Sustainable Development Goal 14 (SDG 14).
- Day 1: Speakers from key agencies and organizations are invited to share knowledge and expertise on projects implemented and report results and outcomes in accordance to the SDG14 mandate. A Q&A portion will be facilitated to prepare participants to formulate and identify their commitment areas. In the afternoon participants will form six (6) breakout/ thematic workshop sessions representing the six sub-goals of SDG14 (below).
- Day 2: Each sub-group will present their conclusion/summary. A consolidated result of the National Consultation will be presented during a plenary session at the International Day for Biological Diversity Congress.
Objectives of the Philippine Ocean Consultation:
- To identify SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, time-bound) voluntary commitment/s on SDG 14 (per target) and register these in the Ocean Conference website in a timely manner.
- To identify or create partnerships/linkages between and among stakeholders for the attainment of SDG 14 targets.
- To create/heighten awareness on the Philippine commitments on SDG 14 and the Ocean Conference, 5-9 June 2017
Thematic Workshop Specific Objectives:
- Marine Pollution
- Integrated Coastal Management
- Ocean Acidification
- Illegal, Unreported, & Unregulated (IUU) Fishing/Overfishing
- Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)
- Fisheries Subsidies
Expected Conference Outputs:
- To identify eligible voluntary commitments to achieve SDG 14 targets from relevant government agencies, local governments, NGOs/CBOs, private sector and multilateral and bilateral agencies.
- Identify partnerships among stakeholders towards achievement of SDG 14 targets in the Philippines.
- To discuss the necessary information for registration in the Ocean Conference website (https://oceanconference.un.org/commitments).
- To reach agreement on the registration of voluntary commitments (VCs).