Improving scientific knowledge of marine ecosystem services will not be sufficient to achieve a real change in how the public perceives them.
As citizens, we only demand protection and better management of what we know to be valuable for our well-being.
The Gulbenkian Oceans Initiative is promoting a varied range of activities targeting diverse audiences – children and youth, researchers, local communities, policy-makers, decision-makers, environmental NGOs, local associations, maritime companies – with the overall aim of increasing their understanding of the importance of marine ecosystem services for human well-being and economic development.
Partnership with Gulbenkian Program on Education for Culture and Science – DESCOBRIR
The Gulbenkian Oceans Initiative promotes the incorporation of relevant information on marine ecosystem services into current educational activities of the Foundation. The main objective is to deliver activities for children and youth up to 18 years of age that promote the discovery and understanding of oceans through the arts. GOI has established a partnership with the Gulbenkian Program on Education for Culture and Science, and the second edition of the joint activity “The oxygen I breath from the sea” took place in late July 2014.
Partnership with the Educational Program of Oceanário de Lisboa
The education activity “World Bank of Oceans”, developed in partnership with Oceanário de Lisboa, targets youth and teenagers from 12-15 and 15-18 years old. The main objective is to create awareness on the importance of marine ecosystems to the general equilibrium of our planet and on the importance of its sustainable management, which guarantees the well-being of current and future generations. We expect this activity will make known marine ecosystems and the economic value of the services these provide; identify, in a playful and educational way, the impact of humans on ecosystem services; and introduce concepts from the natural, social and economic sciences.
Training in economics
The first edition of this intensive training course in economics was held in November 2013 and targeted Portuguese environmental NGOs and local associations. The training course had a duration of three days, where participants learned basic economic concepts, methodologies for economic analysis and environmental valuation techniques.
The second edition of this intensive training course will take place in November 18th – 19th, 2014.
During the first day, participants will learn basic economic concepts, methodologies for economic analysis and environmental valuation techniques. This session targets Portuguese environmental NGOs, local associations, consulting companies, the banking sector, maritime business associations, environmental consulting companies, law firms and journalists. We seek that institutions which have been working in the areas of economics of the sea, management and/or conservation of the marine environment are capable to integrate in their strategic plans, the importance of marine ecosystem services and the need to determine their monetary and non-monetary value. We believe this approach can contribute significantly to improve arguments in favor of oceans’ conservation and to integrate the notions of environmental, economic and social sustainability in the development of a blue economy.
The second day will target Portuguese environmental NGOs and local associations. We will organize working sessions to identify and advance the development of project ideas in the context of the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) for 2014-2020.
The course is an adapted version of the Marine Socio-Economics Project (MSEP) promoted by the new economics foundation in the United Kingdom.
Sea Itinerant University 2014
The GOI collaborates in this year’s edition of the SIU, which is focused on the theme “The Iberian Peninsula from coast to coast – valorization of marine ecosystems”. The students participating in this course organized since 2006 by the University of Porto, University of Oviedo and the Portuguese Naval School, have the opportunity to increase their knowledge on marine ecosystems and their values.