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Sustainable Ocean Management and Development Conference (SO-MaD)

Championing the Goals of RIO + 20: Universities and Students as Future Leaders

March 30-31st, 2012, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia


Students of the 2011-2012 Marine Affairs Program (MAP), Dalhousie University and WWF hosted the Sustainable Ocean Management and Development (SO-MaD) Conference on March 30th and 31st, 2012 at Dalhousie University. The conference centred on the goals and objectives related to oceans at the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), also known as RIO + 20

The aim of the SO-MaD Conference was to provide participants with the opportunity to critically assess how well previous commitments, goals and targets related to coasts, oceans and island states have been met by the world’s community. Through key note speakers, panel discussions, poster and oral presentations, participants identified and addressed new and emerging challenges to sustainable ocean management. SO-MaD approached the question of the role of Universities, Environmental NGOs and the Government of Canada in supporting the delivery of political commitments underpinning the RIO + 20 vision for healthy oceans and related economies: offering suggestions for innovative solutions to ocean and conservation issues while incorporating social and ethical responsibility.

A student statement on RIO + 20’s vision for healthy oceans and economies is being drafted from the contributions of individual student presentations and conference delegates. The finalized statement will be posted to this site in the near future.

An electronic version of the conference’s abstract booklet can be downloaded from the Marine Affairs Program’s website .

We invite you to check back regularly for SO-MaD conference updates as well as upcoming events and announcements related to the Sobey Fund for Oceans.

So-MaD Program

Friday, March 30th
5:30pm – 9:00pm
Scotiabank Auditorium, Marion McCain Arts and Social Sciences Building
6135 University Ave, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS
5:30pm:    Student poster session and public reception
6:30pm:    Opening remarks and announcement of the 2012-2013 Sobey                   Fund for Oceans Scholarship recipients Jenna Stoner                   & Gregory Britten
7:00pm:    Keynote Address: Maria Teresa Mesquita Pessôa (Minister                   Plenipotentiary in the Permanent Mission of Brazil to the                   United Nations)
7:45pm    Media Panel: Featuring Rob North (CBC Radio), and                   Todd Battis (CTV News)
8:30pm:    Student poster session and reception continued
Saturday, March 31st
9:00am – 5:00pm
Room 224, Student Union Building
6136 University Ave, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS
9:00am:    Opening remarks
9:15am:    Student presentation: “The Chester Project: An alternative                   approach to assessing climate change vulnerabilities in a                   coastal community”
9:45am:     Session I – Student presentations: Ocean Sustainability &                   Development in a Socio-Economic Context
11:30am:   Session II – Student presentations: Ocean Sustainability &                   Development in a Scientific Context
1:00pm:    Lunch and poster session
2:00pm:    Session III – Student presentations: Ocean Sustainability &                   Development in a Governance Context
3:45pm:    Panel discussion: Issues & Solutions – Crafting a “New Vision”                   for RIO + 20
4:30pm:    Poster & paper award presentations

Acknowledgements: WWF and MAP's sponsorship of this conference was made possible through a generous gift by Donald R. Sobey. The goal of the Sobey Fund for Oceans is to inspire inventive multi-disciplinary approaches for creating healthy oceans and sustainable economies through scholarships and student work placements.