World Ocean Council Sustainable Ocean Summit (WOC SOS)
Singapore: 9 – 11 November, 2015
WOC brings together the diverse ocean business community to collaborate on stewardship of the seas. This unique coalition is working to improve ocean science in support of safe and sustainable operations, educate the public and stakeholders about the role of responsible companies in addressing environmental concerns, more effectively engage in ocean policy and planning, and develop science-based solutions to cross-cutting environmental challenges that cannot be solved by one company or industry, such as: invasive species, ocean noise, marine mammal impacts, marine debris, the Arctic, and others.
The WOC is engaging a wide range of ocean industries, including: shipping, oil and gas, fisheries, aquaculture, tourism, renewable energy (wind, wave, tidal), ports, dredging, cables and pipelines, carbon capture and storage, as well as the maritime legal, financial and insurance communities, and others. A growing number of companies and associations share the WOC vision of a healthy and productive ocean and its sustainable use and stewardship by responsible businesses.
At this event, CTC with partners coordinated a Coral Triangle Session with the objective to raise the interest of a WOC Ocean business leadership group for the Coral Triangle. This led to collaboration between the ocean business community and the intergovernmental Coral Triangle Initiative for Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food security (CTI-CFF) and its partners.
“We have received many emails from participants telling us that they thought the [Coral Triangle session at the] SOS was an excellent, high energy event that brought a diverse group of ocean industry stakeholders together around the key challenges facing the ocean business community in a unique, cross-sectoral context. [This included] complements on the Coral Triangle session specifically and the WOC efforts to build collaboration, input and exchange with the environment community. I believe this experience will provide an example and model that we will try to replicate at the coming SOS or other WOC events and efforts.” Paul Holthus, Founding President and CEO, World Ocean Council.