OECD Conference on New Approaches to Evaluating the Ocean Economy

 

OECD Ocean Week_Wht and Blue, 2017  

 

NEW APPROACHES TO EVALUATING THE OCEAN ECONOMY

22-23 November 2017, in OECD, Paris (Room CC5)

The objective of this expert meeting is to share national and international perspectives on progress in valuing the world’s growing sea-based commercial activities and the crucial marine ecosystems services on which our societies rely. This original workshop follows on from two previous ground-breaking colloquia organised by the Center for the Blue Economy on The Oceans in National Income Accounts, which took place in Monterey, California in October 2015 and in Tianjin, China in November 2016. This new event -- as part of the first-ever OECD Ocean Economy Week (20-24 November 2017) -- will bring together at the OECD headquarters in Paris some 60 experts from government, industry, academia, NGOs and international organisations. 

Contact: Due to limited seating, this event is by registration only. Please contact Mrs. Anita Gibson, Project Coordinator, OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation, IPSO, Anita.Gibson@oecd.org

AGENDA 
as of November 7th, 2017

WEDNESDAY, 22 NOVEMBER 2017

14.30 WELCOMING REMARKS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE CONFERENCE
 
SESSION 1. NEW APPROACHES TO EVALUATING THE OCEAN ECONOMY: SETTING THE SCENE
  • Defining the ocean economy: main findings from the OECD project on the ocean economy, Claire Jolly, Head, Innovation Policies for Space and Oceans (IPSO) Unit, Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation, OECD
  • Satellite accounts and SEEA implementation in national accounts: Some best practices, Peter Van de Ven, Head of the Division of National Accounts, Statistics Directorate, OECD
  • Preliminary results from the ocean economy metadata standards project, Charles Colgan, Director of Research, Center for the Blue Economy, Monterey, CA, United States
 
15.45 SESSION 2. MEASURING THE OCEAN ECONOMY: HOW IS IT MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN GOVERNMENT?
This session will present progress that has been made in defining and measuring the ocean economy among national and regional governmental organisations. It will provide an overview of important topics including the creation of national satellite accounts for ocean activities and the impact of increased awareness of the ocean economy on policymaking. The session will also focus on advances in incorporating the value of ocean ecosystem services into national accounts.
 
Moderator: Claire Jolly, OECD
  • Conceição Santos, Head of Strategy Department, Directorate-General for Maritime Policy (DGPM) Portugal
  • Ann Ngo, Senior International Trade Specialist, Office of European Union, Global Markets, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Safiya Sawney, Government of Grenada and Blue Innovation Institute
  • Christina Abildgaard, Director, Department for Marine Bioresources and Environmental Research, The Research Council of Norway, Norway
  • Jeong-in Chang, Senior Researcher, Korea Maritime Institute, Korea
  • Marco Borra, in charge of international cooperation and strategic partnership, Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Napoli, Italy
18.00 WRAP UP OF FIRST DAY, FOLLOWED BY COCKTAIL EVENT in Le Château de la Muette
 
THURSDAY, 23 NOVEMBER 2017
 
9.30 WELCOME
 
SESSION 2. (SESSION CONTINUES) MEASURING THE OCEAN ECONOMY: HOW IS IT MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN GOVERNMENT?
This session continues reviewing governmental initiatives, focussing on the recent progress made in defining and measuring the ocean economy.
 
Moderator: Claire Jolly, OECD
  • Anne-France Didier, Conseillère politiques territoriales, Pilote ODD14, Délégation à la Mer et au Littoral, Ministère de la Transition Écologique et Solidaire, France
  • Ingrid Schenk, Director, Trade and International Market Access, External Relations, Fisheries and Oceans, Canada
  • Stephen Hynes, Scientific Director, Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit (SEMRU), Ireland
  • Mogens Bach, Director, Maritime R&D, Danish Maritime Authority, Denmark
  • Xiaohui Wang, National Marine Data and Information Service (NMDIS), State Oceanic Administration, China
  • Frangiscos Nikolian, Head, Economic Analysis Unit, DG MARE, European Commission
 
11.30 SESSION 3. MEASURING THE OCEAN ECONOMY: HOW IS IT MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE COMMERCIAL SECTOR?
Estimations of the value of the ocean economy provide important information for the private sector. Maritime cluster organisations assemble networks of private and public stakeholders involved in the ocean economy, and many are directly involved in efforts to measure the ocean economy through their responses to surveys. This session brings together representatives of maritime clusters from different regions to explore how better measurements impact commercial development. The benefits of natural capital accounting to decision-making in the private sector will also be discussed.
 
Moderator: Christine Valentin, Chief Operating Officer, World Ocean Council
  • Dario Bazargan, Director, International and Economic Affairs, SEAEurope
  • Greg Murphy, Executive Director, The Maritime Alliance (USA)
  • Francis Vallat, President, European Network of Maritime Clusters
  • Dave (Hiroshi) Iwamoto, Chairman, International Sub-committee, Shipbuilders Association of Japan
13.00 LUNCH
 
14.30 SESSION 4. VALUING MARINE ECOSYSTEM SERVICES IN THE CONTEXT OF THE OCEAN ECONOMY: WHAT’S NEW?
This session aims to review recent methodological advances in the field of ocean ecosystem valuation and link them to pragmatic policy solutions. A complete measurement of the ocean economy would account for the total value of ocean-based economic activity, plus the goods and services that flow from the ocean’s ecosystems. While there is some degree of agreement around the frameworks for categorising and valuing ecosystem services, establishing national accounts that recognise their value remains a challenge. For example, the proposed approaches to measuring ecosystem services (e.g. market-based, non-market based, revealed versus stated preference, avoided cost) are numerous, diverse and the subject of much discussion. Moreover, the practical implementation of such methodologies is still at the experimental phase.
 
Moderator: Peter Van de Ven, Head of the Division of National Accounts, Statistics Directorate, OECD
  • State of play in the implementation of the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA) Pierre-Alain Pionnier, Head of Section, National Accounts Division, OECD Statistics Directorate, Member of the UN Committee of Experts on SEEA
  • Advances to come in the valuation practice of marine ecosystem services Nick Hanley, Professor of Environmental Economics, Dept. of Geography and Sustainable Development, University of St. Andrews, Scotland
  • The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity’s initiative (TEEB) Ruth Fletcher, Senior Programme Officer, UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre
  • French Evaluation of Ecosystems and Ecosystem Services (EFESE) for marine and coastal ecosystems Denis Bailly, Coordinator of the project UNU-Ocean, Senior lecturer in environmental economics
16.00 NETWORKING BREAK
 
16.30 SESSION 5. THE WAY FORWARD 
      This final part of the conference will provide a look into mapping the way forward for evaluating the ocean economy.
 
17.00 NEXT STEPS AND WRAP UP OF THE CONFERENCE
 
(* invited)
 

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