The Forum is designed to be a platform for interactive dialogue among various members of the ocean and coastal observations value chain. Based on a review of the engagement priorities set forth by the relevant regional governing bodies, we have identified and will be organizing our forum around the themes of: Fisheries, Ecosystem Conservation and Coastal Hazards in line with the plenary sessions, as well as around the cross-cutting areas of: Stakeholder Engagement, Cooperation and Co-design and Capacity Development. 

The Forum will consist of six thematic area booths which will be populated by data providers, academics (researchers and students), industry representatives, policy makers, and stakeholders from end-user groups. Participants will have the opportunity to present posters at the booths and at the same time, the booths will act as round tables where presenters will engage in dialogue with each other and with conference attendees. The forum would also be an opportunity for local stakeholders to engage with invited members of the private sector to spark discussion about funding projects/actionable outcomes.  

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Objectives 

  1. To provide an interactive platform for engagement among members of the Ocean and Coastal Observations value chain.  
  2. To support engagement between local stakeholders and the private sector to encourage the development of local/regional opportunities. 
  3. To discuss the role of Ocean and Coastal Observations in addressing issues pertinent to coastal and marine resources in the African region. 

Target Audience 

The Symposium Forum should appeal to the general audience of the symposium.

Call for Forum Participants 

In these thematic booths, we welcome students, researchers and subject matter experts who have conducted research related to fisheries, coastal erosion or ecosystem conservation in the context of Ocean and Coastal Observations.  Representatives from this segment of the Ocean and Coastal Observation value chain are invited to share research findings with Symposium attendees and value chain representatives via posters or oral presentations. Please note that students/scientists/subject matter experts interested in participating in the Symposium Forum are required to submit an abstract summarizing their research and explaining its relevance to the Symposium.  

We also welcome representatives from Earth Observation affiliated organizations to serve as participants in the thematic booths. This includes representatives from agencies/organizations that utilize remote and in-situ monitoring to collect data on parameters related to marine and coastal resources (e.g., ESRI, GMES & Africa, NASA, Copernicus Marine Service, SANSA etc.). Participants can be expected to engage with conference attendees and other members of the value chain about how ocean and coastal data are remotely collected, processed and translated to develop the tools and services to address needs related to specific themes. Representatives from this segment of the Ocean and Coastal Observation value chain are also invited to provide live demonstrations of specific EO tools which have been developed to meet the needs of end-users in fisheries, coastal erosion or ecosystem conservation (e.g., NOAA/NESDIS/STAR OC View tool that can be used in detecting HABs). Earth Observation organization representatives interested in participating in the Symposium Forum are required to submit a summary of their proposed contribution detailing potential discussion objectives, proposed product tool demonstrations and desired outcomes.  

Representatives from the end-user segment of the Ocean and Coastal Observation value chain are also invited to serve as participants in the thematic booths. Local, regional and international stakeholders who have utilized Ocean and Coastal Observation tools are related to fisheries, coastal erosion or ecosystem conservation are invited to engage with conference attendees and other members of the chain to provide insight into the real-world application of these tools. End-users who have utilized these products are invited to demonstrate the value that these products and tools provided to their local communities, countries or regions (e.g., EO based SMS fisheries warning system used in Ghana). End-user representatives are also invited to provide insight to other members of the value chain regarding data needs and gaps in information related to fisheries, coastal erosion or ecosystem conservation that can potentially be addressed using Ocean and Coastal Observations. Sectoral end-users interested in participating in the Symposium Forum are required to submit a summary of their proposed contribution outlining their interest in using Ocean and Coastal Observations to address issues related to fisheries, coastal erosion and ecosystem conservation. End-users who have utilized Ocean and Coastal Observation tools to address issues related to the themes mentioned above are asked to provide an overview of the product and its application in their local communities, countries or regions. 

Submitting an Expression of Interest  

If you would like to submit an expression of interest to participate in the GEO Blue Planet Symposium forum, please use the following link.   

Please note that participants who plan to submit an abstract/contribution summary are expected to complete this by 10 Oct 2022.  Applications for forum participants will be accepted and selected on a rolling basis as booth slots are filled.  

Participants will be responsible for their own funding to attend the Forum session and Symposium.

If you require additional information, please contact symposium@geoblueplanet.org.