Global Shipping & Whale Conservation

During the preparatory meeting for June’s UN Oceans Conference to discuss implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 (SDG 14: “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas, and marine resources for sustainable development”), WCS, IUCN and the Government of France hosted a side event to raise awareness among UN member states and other stakeholders about global shipping and impacts on whales from noise and ship strikes. The event’s specific focus was reviewing the current state of knowledge regarding the issues of ship strikes and ocean noise, as well as the best practices in aligning shipping and whale conservation objectives. Beyond raising awareness in the lead-up to the June 2017 UN Oceans Conference, the specific goal of this event was to bring together key stakeholders to explore actions that could align conservation, industry, regulatory, and UN member states’ perspectives toward the Call for Action being developed for adoption during the Conference in June 2017. Click here to read more.

Resources

1. Side Event Concept Note and Description
Preparatory Meeting for UN Ocean Conference
‘At the crossroads’: Global Shipping Lanes and Whale Conservation
Convened by: WCS, IUCN and the Government of France
Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
2. Side Event Summary and Key Points
Preparatory Meeting for UN Ocean Conference
‘At the crossroads’: Global Shipping Lanes and Whale Conservation
Convened by: WCS, IUCN and the Government of France
Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
3. Brainstorm and Working Group Description
Preparatory Meeting for UN Ocean Conference
‘At the crossroads’: Global Shipping Lanes and Whale Conservation
Convened by: WCS, IUCN and the Government of France
Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
4. Brainstorm and Working Group Summary
Preparatory Meeting for UN Ocean Conference
‘At the crossroads’: Global Shipping Lanes and Whale Conservation
February 2017

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Side Event Photos

Seated:  Carl Gustaf Lundin (IUCN), Dr. Cristián Samper (WCS), Dr. David Wiley (NOAA) 

Back Row:  Tracy Raczek (UN), Fredrik Haag (IMO), Jason Patlis (WCS), Dr. Françoise Gaill (CNRS-France), Kathy Metcalf (Chamber of Shipping of America), Dr. Brandon Southall (SEA), Dr. Howard Rosenbaum (WCS), Dr. Gregory Silber (NOAA)


The Panel

The Event

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