Event: The New Era of Support for Marine Conservation – Nov 22, 2023

Public event

The New Era of Support for Marine Conservation

Nov 22, 2023, 12:00 – 5:30 pm
Alt Hotel
St. John's, NL, Canada

Registration deadline: Space is still available for late registration until end
of Friday, Nov 17 or until filled

Many of us have poked our heads below the water, but we’re still limited in what we see. We are told that there are lives – lots of them – especially on the bottom of the seafloor, and just like “Life Above Water”, they have important roles to play.

What we value about the ocean or what we know about it is not always clear. Despite the lack of consensus, many people would agree that some kinds of protection for the ocean is necessary, especially for the fragile species and sensitive areas. There is also a general agreement that marine and ocean conservation needs to be based on strong support by everyone.

This interactive event will feature international speakers who will share their experiences about marine conservation, from Galapagos, Ecuador; Tenerife, Spain; and Sakura Bay, Japan. We have also invited a number of people to share the national and local perspectives. But the most important part of this event is about YOU! We want to know what you think about marine conservation, and what you think we need to do next to advance marine conservation in NL, in Canada and around the world. There will be space for everyone to share experience and perspective. Join us and help develop the vision for the New Era of Support for Marine Conservation.

The event is part of the Moving Together for Marine Conservation (https://moving2conservation.net/) project that focuses on awareness-raising and capacity building, as a way to arrive at a shared understanding for the future of the ocean. The project aims at building awareness about marine and ocean conservation in NL; making visible the connection between people and ocean; sharing stories about community-led conservation initiatives, and building community among ocean users, actors, and leaders in NL.

The event is organized by Moving Together for Marine Conservation project, in conjunction with Too Big To Ignore (TBTI Global), and Ocean Frontier Institute Module I.

International speakers


María José Barragán-Paladines
Charles Darwin Foundation, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

María José Barragán Paladines currently is the Science Director at the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands. She is a long-lasting collaborator and member of the TBTI Global Partnership for Small-scale fisheries. Her research focus has been governability of MPAs under the Interactive Governance approach, food security from the sea and TD-based research for governance improvement within MPAs.

Title of the talk: Marine conservation in the Galapagos of XXI Century: facing challenges Charles Darwin did not encounter

Raquel de la Cruz Modino
University of La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain

Raquel De la Cruz Modino is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology of University of La Laguna (ULL, Tenerife, Spain). She obtained her PhD in 2008 at ULL with research that combines fisheries, tourism and MPAs analysis in the Canary Islands and the Mediterranean Spanish coast. This research was awarded with the national prize Marqués de Lozoya in Spain in 2009. Her postdoctoral training was conducted at the University of Tromso (Norway) and Memorial University (St. John’s, Canada) during 2010 and 2011.

Title of the talk: The role of Marine Protected Areas promoting socioeconomic and ecological resilience in coastal communities

Yinji Li

Yinji Li
Tokai University, Japan

Yinji Li is a marine social scientist with a PhD in Marine Science from the Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, Japan. She is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Marine Science and Technology at Tokai University, Shizuoka, Japan. Her research interests and expertise lie in small-scale fisheries and coastal issues in Northeast Asian regions. She is also the TBTI Japan Research Network coordinator, the Japan country team coordinator of the V2V Global Partnership project, a member of the Human Dimensions Working Group of the IMBeR project, and a member of the Board of Trustees of IPNLF.

Title of the talk: Never Underestimate the Power of Small: Stories of Marine Conservation in Japan

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