New series of interactive live events

#VirtualBlueDecade is back! A new series of live events is planned in 2021.  They are communicated on this website and social media. If you do not want to miss any information, do not hesitate to subscribe to our mailing list by clicking on the link.

Virtual dialogue:

"Learn about the conservation of sea turtles and remote beaches"

June 17 2021

03:00 PM COT

(Bogotá / Lima time GMT - 5)

01:00 PM PDT

08:00 PM GMT

10:00 PM CEST


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The Observatory for Marine and Coastal Governance and Virtual Blue Decade held a series of virtual events in 2021 that aim to achieve these goals:


  • Raise awareness about the role of the oceans in our lives and the consequences of our actions on them.

  • Disseminate good practices for the protection of marine and coastal ecosystems.

  • Bring marine science to a diverse audience through a friendly language.


On June 17, 2021 at 3 pm (Bogotá / Lima time GMT - 5) the virtual dialogue "learn about the conservation of sea turtles and remote beaches" will be held, in alliance with the Coastal Systems Research Group, the CORIACEA Foundation and the PROPLAYAS Ibero-American Network.



  • Camilio Botero, Coastal Systems Research Group and PROPLAYAS Network.

  • Amalia Cano-Castañol, CORIACEA Foundation.

  • Harry Samir Mosquera Ibarguen, Los Riscales de Nuquí Afro-descendant Community Council.

  • Leison Darwin Palma, Head of the Acandí, Playón and Playona Wildlife Sanctuary Protected Area.


  • Ana Lucia Maya Aguirre. Observatory for Coastal Marine Governance


Ocean Art, Ocean Science:

How 3 artists are using science to express care for the ocean

June 11 2021

10:30-12:00 PDT

18:30-20:00 BST

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In celebration of World Ocean Week and the launch of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030, #VirtualBlueDecade, the University of Victoria Faculty of Fine Arts and Ocean Networks Canada present…

“Ocean Art, Ocean Science: How 3 artists are using science to express care for the ocean”


Join us for this unique #SciArt conversation from the perspective of three multidisciplinary artists working with ONC at the intersection of ocean art and science.



  • Colton Hash, visual and data artist, ONC’s first Artist in Residence

  • Dennis Gupa, applied theatre director, ONC’s second Artist in Residence

  • Jol Thoms, visual artist, sound designer and researcher, creator of Transmitting Care in Oceans installation on ONC’s deep-ocean neutrino observatory P-ONE


  • Julia Jung


Our artists will explore ideas related to ways of observing and knowing, inter-relationality and care for the oceans. You will be invited to participate by sharing your impressions of featured works by each artist. You can also submit your comments and questions to shape the conversation. 


The ocean has many stories to tell. Join us to co-create new stories of our ocean’s future.


Paving the future of marine conservation policy:

which ambitions for the international ocean agenda?

March 25, 2021

4.30 PM CET
8.30 AM PDT
11.30 AM EDT
10.30 AM COT
3.30 PM GMT

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After a 2010-2020 UN Decade on Biodiversity, 2021 promises to be a decisive year for global ocean conservation, the future of which will be molded by two major events: the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) World Conservation Congress and the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP 15). This ambitious COP will determine the post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. This webinar will focus on the ocean biodiversity side of the upcoming negotiations. IUCN Members have actively prepared these events. Three main subjects were covered in the 109 motions adopted by the IUCN in preparation for the World Conservation Congress: recommendations on protecting endangered species and ecosystems, supporting policies and strategies for more efficient protection of biodiversity, and implementing stronger actions against anthropogenic pressure on nature. Thirty motions covered ocean protection and conservation. Each motion has been approved by the IUCN members, representing both States and national NGOs.

With speakers representing a wide diversity of actors (IUCN, CBD, NOAA, WWF), this webinar will be an opportunity to better understand the ocean-related negotiation process, from the IUCN motions to preparing COP 15. How do different actors take part of the process – and how do international negotiations actually work? What are the messages they will bring to the COP 15? What are the main stakes of the Global Biodiversity Framework? And, last but not least, how did the global pandemic mark the preparation of these events?


  • Yuna Sellami

  • Louise Ras


  • Minna Epps, Director Global Marine & Polar Programme (GMPP), IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature)

  • Joseph Appiott, Programme Management Officer, Marine, Coastal and Island Biodiversity, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), UNEP

  • John Armor, Director , Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, NOAA's National Ocean Service, Marine Protected Areas Agency Partnership (MPAAP) Secretariat

  • Jessica Battle, Senior Global Ocean Governance and Policy Expert, Lead No Deep Seabed Mining Initiative, WWF

The one-hour round-table discussion will be followed by half an hour of privileged exchanges with the speakers. So prepare your questions and join us on March 25!


This webinar is brought to you by the French Biodiversity Agency (OFB), the Ocean University Initiative and will be available in French 🇨🇵 and English 🇬🇧.


North-South Dialogue for a Sustainable Ocean

February 26, 2021

07:00-08:00 PST

16:00-17:00 CET

15:00-16:00 GMT

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Our well-being depends on a healthy ocean. It always has. It always will. Pressures on the ocean are intense and growing – but we know recovery is possible. Crucially, a healthy ocean holds the solutions to many of the world’s challenges. And cooperation between countries of the Global North and the Global South is key -- after all, we share one ocean.


In response, the leaders of 14 countries (Australia, Canada, Chile, Fiji, Ghana, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Namibia, Norway, Palau and Portugal) recently announced a new ocean action agenda for sustainably managing 100% of national waters.


Join us for this unique North-South dialogue to learn more about this ocean action agenda from the contrasting perspectives of the Global North and the Global South. Our distinguished panel includes:



  • Robert Blasiak, Researcher, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University

  • Olanike Adeyemo, Professor of Aquatic Epidemiology and Toxicology Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Innovation & Strategic Partnerships), University of Ibadan

  • Kwasi Appeaning Addo, Director of the Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies (IESS) at the University of Ghana 

  • Rashid Sumaila, Director of the Fisheries Economics Research Unit, University of British Columbia, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries


  • Kim Juniper

  • Ibukun Adewumi

You will learn about 5 key transformations needed for a sustainable ocean, and 5 key building blocks that will enable them. You will also be invited to participate by submitting your questions and answering polls to shape the conversation. 


The ocean has a story to tell. And it’s different than you might think. Join us to help create the story of our ocean’s future.