List of conferences relevant to MPAs and/or marine ecosystem-based management

Last updated: 3 November 2014

November 1-6, 2014 "7th National Summit on Coastal and Estuarine Restoration and 24th Biennial Meeting of The Coastal Society" Washington, DC, US Bringing together the restoration and coastal management communities for an integrated discussion to explore issues, solutions and lessons learned Web:
November 3-7, 2014 "67th GCFI Conference" Barbados Focusing on practical, interdisciplinary and ecosystem-based approaches to science and how these can make a difference in both conservation and development Web:
November 5-7, 2014 "Understanding and Managing Our Oceans" Redlands, California, US Hosted by Esri; exploring ways GIS technology is helping people better understand the ocean, sustainably use its resources, and intelligently plan for the future Web:
November 6-7, 2014 "2014 Fishermen's Forum: Conversations on Climate Change" Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia, Canada Bringing together fishermen, policy-makers, and researchers to discuss research and observations related to climate change and its effects on our oceans Web:
November 9-11, 2014 "International Conference on Marine Mammal Protected Areas (ICMMPA3)" Adelaide, Australia Held every 2-4 years, the ICMMPA3 is a forum for marine mammal scientists and MPA managers to engage in panel and workshop sessions and share ideas related to marine mammal protected areas, including knowledge products of the newly formed IUCN Marine Mammal Protected Area Task Force. The theme of ICMMPA 3, "Important Marine Mammal Areas — A Sense of Place, A Question of Size" will give attention to developing and refining criteria for the identification of important marine mammal areas (IMMAs) and to addressing the challenges of managing large and small marine mammal protected areas Web:
November 12-19, 2014 "IUCN World Parks Congress" Sydney, Australia Held every 10 years, the WPC is the world’s most influential gathering of people involved in protected area management, and sets the global agenda for the following decade Web:
November 17-21, 2014 "First Mares Conference on Marine Ecosystems Health and Conservation" Olhão, Portugal Addressing the main issues dealing with marine ecosystems health and conservation Web:
November 17-21, 2014 "2nd International Ocean Research Conference" Barcelona, Spain Planning the coming decade of international collaboration in marine science and technology, with a view to improving ocean governance Web:
November 24-26, 2014 "11th International Conference on Coasts, Ports and Marine Structures" Tehran, Iran Conference is mostly engineering-oriented, but will have several sessions on coastal management and the marine environment Web:
November 25-27, 2014 "MedPAN network regional experience-sharing workshop: Monitoring for managing Mediterranean MPAs" Tirana, Albania Supporting managers to better identify and implement monitoring in line with the objectives of their MPAs Web:
December 1-5, 2014 "Global Environmental Change & Small Islands: Economic & Labour Market Implications" Malta Discussing how to translate island-relevant environmental science and data into sound economic and labor market policy Web:
December 2-4, 2014 "The Arctic Biodiversity Congress" Trondheim, Norway Promoting the conservation and sustainable use of Arctic biodiversity Web:
December 8-12, 2014 "Arctic Change 2014" Ottawa, Canada Stimulating discussion and fostering collaborations among people with a vested interest in the Arctic and its peoples Web:
December 10-11, 2014 "3rd Annual Conference of the European Learning Network on Regions and Biodiversity" Barcelona, Spain This conference links the European Learning Network for Regions and Biodiversity with the Natura 2000 Regional cooperation for implementing the Natura 2000 network Web:
December 10-13, 2014 "International Conference on 'A decade after the Indian Ocean Tsunami - Status and Experiences'" Puducherry, India Examining lessons learned and significant advances made in tsunami science and management since the December 2014 Indian Ocean tsunami Web:
December 15-19, 2014 "24th Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union" San Francisco, US Will include session "From Ridge-to-Reef: Terrestrial sediment impacts to coral reef ecosystems" Web:
January 12-14, 2015 "Third International Workshop: Bridging the Gap between Ocean Acidification and Economic Valuation" Monaco Providing policymakers and marine resource managers with information and recommendations to prepare for social and economic impacts of ocean acidification on coastal communities Web:
January 18-23, 2015 "9th Arctic Frontiers Conference: Climate and Energy" Tromsø, Norway Sharing perspectives on how upcoming challenges in the Arctic may be addressed to ensure sustainable development Web:
February 9-10, 2015 "3rd Annual Deep Sea Mining Summit 2015" Aberdeen, Scotland, UK Building on and identifying new and innovative technology developments and strategies with regard to the new era of mining the deep-ocean floor Web:
February 9-11, 2015 "SeaWeb Seafood Summit" New Orleans, Louisiana, US Fostering dialogue and partnerships that lead to a seafood marketplace that is environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable Web:
February 11-12, 2015 "Citizen Science 2015 Conference and Gathering" San Jose, California, US Building connections and exchanging ideas across a wide spectrum of disciplines and experiences Web:
February 16-19, 2015 "2015 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference" Houston, Texas, US Highlighting oil spill and ecosystem science research results with a focus on the five years since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill Web:
February 22-27, 2015 "ASLO 2015 - Aquatic Sciences Meeting" Granada, Spain 2015 meeting of the Association for the Sciences of Limnology & Oceanography Web:
February 24-26, 2015 "2nd International Conference on Fisheries, Aquaculture and Environment in the Indian Ocean" Muscat, Oman Exchanging research advancements and promoting collaborations and partnerships in the Sultanate of Oman and throughout the Indian Ocean Web:
March 23-27, 2015 "3rd PICES/ICES/IOC Symposium: Effects of Climate Change on the World's Oceans" Santos City, Brazil Assesing the science, consequences, and management of climate change on the world's oceans Web:
March 30 - April 2, 2015 "Coastal GeoTools 2015" North Charleston, South Carolina, US Focusing on geospatial data, tools, technology, and information for coastal resource management professionals Web:
April 10-11, 2015 "7th International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts and Responses" Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Special focus is "Whose Climate? Negotiating the Governance of Environmental Change" Web:
April 19-20, 2015 "ICAN 7: Coastal Web Atlases – Supporting Ecosystem Based Management" Cape Town, South Africa Discussing how coastal web atlases can assist in implementing ecosystem-based management approaches, including in the context of LMEs Web:
April 22-24, 2015 "CoastGIS 2015 Conference" Cape Town, South Africa Focusing on how information technologies, including Geographic Information Systems (GIS), are used in coastal zone management, science, and research Web:
April 23-30, 2015 "9th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation" Nairobi, Kenya Highlighting different ways of measuring the success of community-based adaptation, and underlining that effective evaluation considers the perspective of donors and recipients of adaptation funding Web:
May 12-14, 2015 "European Climate Change Adaptation Conference" Copenhagen, Denmark Understanding and assessing adaptation in practice under the theme "Integrating climate adaptation action in science, policy, practitioners and business" Web:
May 18-22, 2015 "37th Annual Scientific Meeting of the AMLC (Association of Marine Laboratories of the Caribbean)" Willemstad, Curaçao Meeting theme is "Marine Ecosystem Conservation and Policy - The Way Forward" Web:
May 25-28, 2015 "Marine Ecosystem Acoustics: Observing the ocean interior across scales in support of integrated management " Nantes, France Discussing recent developments in acoustic methods and technologies used to characterize and manage marine and freshwater ecosystems Web:
May 25-29, 2015 "15th Biannual Conference International Association for the Study of the Commons" Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Discussing "commons" issues that matter across local, regional, and global scales, including as they are impacted by social and environmental change Web:
June 15-19, 2015 "10th Baltic Sea Science Congress 2015" Riga, Latvia Discussing physical oceanography, marine biology, marine geology, interdisciplinary aspects of achieving and protecting good environmental status, and long-term sustainability of ecosystem services Web:
July 13-17, 2015 "Third Annual International Conference on Fish Telemetry" Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Hosted by the Global Tracking Network, a partnership to construct and sustain a scientific platform to collect aquatic tracking and environmental data for sustainable management Web:
August 2-6, 2015 "27th International Congress for Conservation Biology (ICCB) and the 4th European Congress for Conservation Biology (ECCB)" Montpellier, France Presenting new findings, initiatives, methods, tools and opportunities in conservation science and practice Web:
September 6-9, 2015 "ECSA 55: Estuaries and coastal seas in a rapidly changing world" London, UK Addressing issues of outstanding scientific importance in the science and management of estuaries and coastal seas Web:
September 7-9, 2015 "Coastal Management 2015: Changing Coast, Changing Climate, Changing Minds" The Netherlands Hosted by the Institution of Civil Engineers; papers will cover key international coastal projects offering practical learning, innovative and integrated solutions, and new ways of understanding and managing our coasts Web:
November 2-4, 2015 "5th International Conference on Estuaries and Coasts" Muscat, Oman Exchanging information on issues important to sustainable coastal development Web:
March 6-11, 2015 "14th International Coastal Symposium 2016" Sydney, Australia Discussing current coastal research studies and projects, including in the fields of geomorphology, geology, ecology, coastal engineering, and coastal management including planning and policy Web:

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