On World Ocean Day (8th June 2021), countries from all four corners of the world – from India to Guyana, South Korea to Austria have pledged to support the ‘30 by 30’ commitment which is being championed by the UK-led Global Ocean Alliance and the High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People, co-chaired by the UK, Costa Rica and France.

This next milestone follows a successful meeting of the G7 Climate and Environment ministers, during which all members agreed to champion the global ‘30×30’ target to conserve or protect at least 30 percent of the world’s land and at least 30 percent of the world’s ocean by 2030, as well as committing to ‘30 x 30’ domestically.

Members of the Global Ocean Alliance and/or the High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People

The SmartSea Final seminar will be held virtually on 8th June as a part of the World Ocean Day activities. The SmartSea project has been running since 2015 and now it’s time to present our main results and provide science-based recommendations for the sustainable use of the Gulf of Bothnia marine resources.

The seminar is includes opening speeches by Vladimir Ryabinin from the IOC and Maria Laamanen from the Ministry of Environment followed by five keynote presentations on marine geo-and biodiversity, new projections on impact of climate change on state of the Gulf of Bothnia including fish and fisheries, possibilities to utilize marine space for energy and food production as well as SmartSea view on pathways to sustainable development of the Gulf of Bothnia.