World’s first sustainable ocean summit

Leaders from ocean industries dependent on marine space, services and resources will gather in Belfast, Northern Ireland, this June.

It is the first-ever Sustainable Ocean Summit in order to develop cross-sectoral business action on corporate ocean responsibility, and to ensure more effective communication and collaboration across the non-governmental sector in addressing ocean environmental challenges. The Sustainable Ocean Summit participants will include: shipping, oil and gas, fisheries, marine tourism, renewable ocean energy, shipbuilding, marine technology, ports, dredging, seabed mining, seabed cables / pipelines, and others, as well as maritime insurance, finance and legal services. “Companies and industry associations from around the world are expressing significant interest in a coordinated global private sector leadership approach to ocean environmental issues”, noted World Ocean Council’s (WOC) Executive Director Paul Holthus. The Sustainable Ocean Summit will bring together a wide range of industries that use marine space and resources around the theme of “Reducing Risk, Increasing Sustainability: Solutions through Collaboration”. The event will be held in Belfast from June 16 to 17, 2009.

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