Increased scientific knowledge and public perception about the importance of marine ecosystem services do not necessarily lead to meaningful change in practices by public and private organizations.
To overcome this, the Gulbenkian Oceans Initiative is promoting within various institutions and organizations the integration of the economic value of marine ecosystem services into their regular activities and decision-making processes, as well as the adoption of monetary valuation methods to support them. It will advance the knowledge and interest of Portuguese institutions in natural capital accounting, and the adaptation of marine governance systems to such input.
In order to contribute to meaningful and lasting change, the GOI partners with other initiatives so as not to duplicate efforts and to fill existing gaps. This is the case of the growing involvement of the GOI in TEEB.
The GOI is also promoting the marine ecosystem service approach in public consultations at the local, national and EU levels where it finds it can contribute decisively to improve the knowledge base upon which decisions are made. These decisions include the definition of research priorities, marine spatial planning, environmental impact assessment, and the revision of coastal management plans and of marine protected area management plans.
Participation in events
- Presentation of the project “Blue Natural Capital – and a sustainable business strategy” (EN) at the 8th Ecosytem Service Partnership World Conference. Stellenbosh, South Africa, 9 – 13 November.
- Participation at the panel discussion “Nature and the art of policy making” where we presented the white paper “Enabling Business Decisions that Integrate Natural Capital: Learning from a Complex Systems Perspective“, co-authored by Filipa Saldanha (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation). World Forum on Natural Capital, Edinburgh (Scotland), 23-24 de November.
- Presentation of the “Portuguese Case-Study” on the International Workshop on opportunities and obstacles for Natural Capital Accounting. Brussels, January, 27-28.
Final report of the Workshop: From Obstacles to Opportunities –Towards an Action Plan for improved Natural Capital and Ecosystem Accounting Implementation
- Participation in discussion panel at “V Green Project Awards Conference 2014 on “Portugal, Natural Capital – Agriculture, Sea and Forest” – session on Sea. Lisbon, December 1
- Valuing our Life Support Systems – Natural Capital Summit 2014. London, November 6-7
- BioMarine International Business Conference. Cascais, October 30-31.
- Commitment for Green Growth – Session on Oceans. Lisbon, October 27.
- Keynote speech at the World Research and Innovation Congress – Oceans. Lisbon, October 15-16.
- V Green Project Awards Conference 2014 on “Portugal, Natural Capital – Agriculture, Sea, and Forest”. Lisbon, September 30th.
- Colloquium “Oceanos – De Ambiente Frágil a Recurso Sustentável”. Lisbon, May 26-27 (GOI’s presentation)
- High-Level Conference on the Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services. Brussels, May 22nd.
- Keynote speech at the European Maritime Day. Bremen (Germany), May 19-20.
- “Healthy Oceans – Productive Ecosystems: A European conference for the marine environment”. Brussels, March 3-4.
- First Conference “The Oceans of Tomorrow projects: What results so far?“. Brussels, March 26th.
- World Ocean Summit by The Economist. San Francisco, February 24-27.
- Lisbon Atlantic Conference. Lisbon, 4-5 de Dezembro.
- Marine Stewardship Council networking session with Portuguese stakeholders. Lisbon, December 9th.
- Marine Stewardship Council information session. Lisbon, November 20th.
- Debate organized by Sea for Society project on “Sea-related tourism and leisure: future solutions”. Lisbon, October 31st.
- IMPAC 3 – International Marine Protected Areas Congress. Marseille, October 21-27.
- Final conference of the MESMA project – “Monitoring and evaluation of spatially managed areas”. Lisbon, October 8-10.
- 6th Annual International ESP Conference. Bali (Indonesia), August 26-30.
- Conference of the Drager Foundation on “Sustainable Oceans: Reconciling Economic Use and Protection”. Cascais (Portugal), June 3-5.
- Conference “Oceans – Challenges and Opportunities”. Porto, May 13-17 (GOI’s presentation)
- Launch of the Global Ocean Commission. London, February 2nd.
- Policy session on “Good Governance for Sustainable Oceans” no 5th World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists. Istanbul, June 28- July 2.
Presentations by Paulo A.L.D. Nunes (pdf), Luis Jorge Valdez (pdf), Lisa Emelia Svensson (pdf), João Fonseca Ribeiro (pdf), Sigi Gruber (pdf), Leah Karrer (pdf), David Osborn (pdf) and Edward Barbier (pdf).
- SIMBAD – Selection At Sea To Reduce Discards
- UIM – Sea Itinerant University 2014
- Evaluation of the potential for the development of a fisheries co-management process in the Peniche-Nazaré region – WWF Portugal
- Assessment of the ecosystem services in marine protected areas – two case studies in the central coast of Portugal’s mainland* – SPEA – Sociedade Portuguesa para o Estudo das Aves; ADEPE – Associação para o Desenvolvimento de Peniche; GAC – Região de Aveiro
* Project supported in the context of the Training in marine economics directed at Portuguese environmental NGOs and local associations.
Participation in public consultations
- Atlantic Forum – European Commission (GOI’s participation in call for suggestions for key investment and research priorities)
- National Strategy for the Sea 2013-2020 (GOI’s participation in public consultation)