Thank you to all speakers, moderators, speed-pitchers and participants for making HOPE 2014 a lively and successful conference! A special thank you to Rick Thompson and Aminda Leigh, for their great contributions as moderators throughout the conference.
HOPE for our seas and ocean
In 2008, the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) was adopted with the aim of protecting and managing our seas and oceans in a sustainable way. The Directive sets an ambitious objective: to achieve and maintain the good environmental status of European seas and oceans by 2020.
The Healthy Oceans – Productive Ecosystems (HOPE) Conference, on 3-4 March 2014 in Brussels, brought together those working with the European marine environment, providing an opportunity to discuss progress made since the adoption of the MSFD, the problems that still remain and the solutions for improved coherence and better marine governance.
Declaration of HOPE
At the close of the Healthy Oceans - Productive Ecosystems (HOPE) conference, the following "Declaration of HOPE" output document was issued. The HOPE conference was opened by Commissioner Potočnik in the presence of 15 EU environment ministers, and over 400 other attendees, including representatives from Member States, the Regional Sea Conventions, academia, industry, NGOs and other stakeholders.
Videos of the conference
The entire HOPE conference has been recorded in all conference rooms and can be seen from the links below. Please note that for the moment the recording is not split by sessions.
Day One - 3rd March:
Day Two - 4th March:
For room allocation, please refer to the programme page.
You can also access the slide presentations made throughout the HOPE conference via the Programme and Background Documents page.
The HOPE Conference was opened by European Commissioner for Environment, Janez Potočnik, with a speech titled 'Together we can save our seas' and an introductory video from Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.
|Day 1 - The challenges||Day 2 - The solutions|
|9.00-10.45 Opening Session with high-level speakers||9.00-10.00 Financing the protection of the marine environment|
|11.15-12.30 “Wake-up call" Panel||10.00-11.00 Round 1: Monitoring (3 parallel sessions)|
|14.00-15.30 State of the marine environment||11.30-12.30 Round 2: Programmes of measures (2 parallel sessions)|
|16.00-17.30 The pressures on the marine environment (3 parallel sessions)||12.40-13.15 Feedback from parallel sessions|
|17.40-18.00 Feedback from parallel sessions||13.15-14.45 Networking lunch + "Speed-pitching"session|
|18.00-19.45 Cocktail + “Speed-pitching” session||14.45-15.30 Economics of marine protection|
|20.00-21.00 Documentary screening : Light the Ocean||16.00-16.45 The international perspective||16.45-17.15 Concluding session|
|José Manuel Barroso||Janez Potočnik||Yannis Maniatis||Klaus Töpfer||Ulrike Rodust|
|Kriton Arsenis||Richard Seeber||Hans Bruyninckx||Anne-Christine Brusendorff||Jackie Alder|
When: 3-4 March 2014
Where: Charlemagne Building, rue de la Loi 170, Brussels, Belgium
Topic: Marine Environment
- The HOPE Report summarizes the main points and key findings of the HOPE conference – available on the Programme and Documents page.
- HOPE 2014 is over. Thank you to all speakers, moderators and participants for those two intense and exciting days! The entire conference was recorded, with links to the videos on both the website homepage and the Programme and Documents page.
- All presentations of speakers are now available on this website, on the Programme and Documents page.
- At the close of the Healthy Oceans - Productive Ecosystems (HOPE) conference, the following "Declaration of HOPE" output document was issued.
- This morning, the European Environment Agency is announcing a new citizen science project, Marine LitterWatch, to help collect data on the litter found on beaches. Check the EEA website for more details.
- The Commission’s Article 12 implementation reports and related reports by the EEA and the JRC, as well as the Conference background document, are now available on the Programme and Documents page.
- The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), invites HOPE Conference participants to the launch of its Strategic Plan 4th March, 18:00 at the Norwegian mission to the EU. RSVP at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Read the new plan at http://www.ices.dk/explore-us/what-we-do/Pages/Our-strategy.aspx.!
- A curious sea monster named “'Plastic Mer-trans” will be displayed at the Conference. Check our Artists’ corner page for more information!