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The Economist Group's 8th Annual World Ocean Summit Virtual Week

The 8th Annual World Ocean Summit: Accelerating a sustainable ocean economy

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Taking place from March 1st-5th, the World Ocean Summit Virtual Week will bring together key ocean stakeholders leading the acceleration towards a sustainable ocean economy. The virtual week offers the opportunity to access highly curated content and the chance to make meaningful connections no matter where you are in the world. Participants will be able to engage across sectors to explore the role the ocean plays in tackling climate change, enhancing biodiversity, protecting coastal communities, and restoring ecosystems.

With 150 speakers, the focus is on high-level conversation and policymaking in plenary sessions as well as specific industry detail in six dedicated tracks. The focus areas for the plenary sessions are finance, innovation, climate and nature, and governance. The industry tracks will focus on aquaculture, fishing, shipping, energy, plastics and tourism. Visit the website to view the agenda and speaker line-up. Registration is free.

Ocean Changemakers Challenge: The next wave of innovators

Building on the success of the Women and the ocean: Changemakers challenge, The Economist Group’s World Ocean Initiative has launched the Ocean Changemakers Challenge, a competition open to men and women that aims to showcase leading changemakers working to develop business solutions to ocean-related sustainability challenges. Three finalists will be invited to present their business idea and vision for a blue economy during a special ocean changemakers session at the World Ocean Summit Virtual Week 2021.

Entries for the Ocean Changemakers Challenge will close at 11.59 PM (GMT) on Monday February 8th 2021, apply here.