World Ocean Council Organized a Business Roundtable at the Asia-Pacific Large Marine Ecosystems Workshop, Bangkok, 3-4 May 2018, with Workshops in Africa and Latin America-Caribbean to follow Later in 2018.
The World Ocean Council (WOC) and the GEF LME:LEARN project are collaborating to enhance communication between regional marine projects and institutions to better work with the private sector to achieve sustainable development. GEF LME:LEARN is a project financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and implemented by the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC-UNESCO).
GEF LME:LEARN has partnered with the WOC to achieve this interaction with the private sector. The Bangkok workshop seeks to understand how to better communicate the potential of marine projects to engage with the private sector, and the opportunities for investment by the business community at the regional level.
The business roundtable, moderated by WOC COO Christine Valentin, brings together senior representatives from key businesses in the Asia-Pacific Region, including shipping, fishing and aquaculture, to focus on:
• What are the global and regional priorities and opportunities regarding sustainable development from the ocean business community?
• What are the needs and opportunities to collaborate across the sectors/at a regional scale?
• How can other stakeholders best work with and through intermediary organizations to engage the private sector?
• How can we develop an Asia-Pacific ocean business leadership community for ocean sustainable development?