Intervention at the Intergovernmental Conference on Marine Biodiversity of Areas
Philippe VALLETTE, CEO of NAUSICAA
Intervention at the Intergovernmental Conference
on Marine Biodiversity of Areas
Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ),
Tuesday, 27 August 2019
Philippe VALLETTE, CEO of NAUSICAA, a member of the World Ocean Network delegation, spoke on Tuesday, 27 August to the United Nations to highlight the importance of the role of aquariums at the time of the Intergovernmental Conference on Marine Biodiversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ). In his speech, he emphasised the importance of raising awareness, whether public or private and inclusive of all relevant parties, regarding the riches and resources of the High Seas to encourage their sustainable and fair use.
With an audience of more than 700 million visitors worldwide every year, the role of aquariums in delivering this essential message is one of the major challenges of the 21st century. They also have an important role to play as the interface between the public and the decision-makers. They serve as the relay for the Citizens of the Ocean and today they are uniting to see that the right decisions are made to ensure that humanity can continue to make the most of the benefits and services rendered by the oceans.
Promote the strengthening of skills for the preservation of biodiversity on the high seas
The conference was organised around the four goals of the negotiations: better knowledge of the impact of our activities on the environment, better protection for the vulnerable zones, sharing the benefits of the genetic resources in an equal way and developing training and skills.
However, the success of the first three goals depends on the last one. This is why the informal working group, “The friends of strengthening skills for the preservation of marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ)” was created. It met during the conference to draw the attention of the delegates to the central role that will be played by the strengthening of capacities and the transfer of technologies for achieving the key goals of the new agreement. This is a Global Ocean Forum initiative.
In order to achieve this, structures on a global, national and regional level will have to be put in place with adequate and stable funding.
NAUSICAA, French National Sea Centre, Boulogne-sur-Mer
NAUSICAA is much more than an aquarium. The Centre’s mission is above all to raise the public’s awareness of how important it is to manage the oceans and their resources better.
Furthermore, NAUSICAA’s proven commitment allowed it to obtain the Centre of Excellence label awarded by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission in 1999. NAUSICAA is a founding member of the World Ocean Network, an association accredited as a United Nations observer, and partner of the World Ocean Forum.
For several years now, we have been working on the concept of the Blue Society. The Blue Society means thinking that the oceans have an immense potential that offers us opportunities for living better. It means defining the framework for a new governance of the oceans and exploiting the marine world sustainably, that is to say by benefitting from the interest it generates without dipping into its capital.
NAUSICAA is a player in the Blue Society encouraging sustainable use of the oceans. This involves participation in established projects, introducing conservation programmes such as Mr.Goodfish and developing a living sea lab designed for creators of innovative projects.
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