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Poster ocean

MARE People & the Sea Conference

Sustainability and environment
Society and economy

The 11th MARE People and the Sea Conference have the theme "Limits to Blue Growth?" This year, the conference will be held virtually.

28 Jun 2021 - 2 Jul 2021

Michelle Voyerr, Senior Research Fellow, University of Wollongong., Australia
Marie Bonnin, Research Director at the french Research Institute for Sustainable development (IRD)
The Centre for Maritime Research (MARE)

About the Conference

For decades sustainable development has served as guiding concept for policy makers, including those concerned in coastal and ocean governance. At the same time, the ‘blue economy’ and ‘blue growth’ have nowadays become popular concepts in marine policy. Notions on blue growth especially ask attention for new uses of the oceans, such as renewable energy (wind at sea), deep sea mining and deep-sea fishing but also aim at highlighting ecosystem services that have societal value (coastal protection, CO2 storage and biodiversity). The concept aims to reconcile two seemingly opposing uses of the oceans: exploitation and conservation, in the same way as was intended with the use of ‘sustainable development’. The concept also seems to promise that there still is a new, not yet reached frontier for economic expansion.

Centre for Sea and Society at the University of Gothenburg is one of the co-organizers.