We use cookies to imporve your experience. By using our site, you consent to our cookie policy Learn more
arrow arrow_up breadcrumb-chevron-right breadcrumb-home dropdown-arrow-down loader GALogoWUNEP GALogo2018 GALogo2019 menu read-more-plus rrss-email rrss-facebook rrss-flickr rrss-instagram rrss-linkedin rrss-twitter rrss-vimeo rrss-youtube rrss_google_plus rrss_skype rrss_web pdf search share Completed In Process Ideas In Develpment Toogle Toogle Thumbnail View List View play close filter-collapse filter edit media_photo_library media_video_library graphics pictures videos collections next

UN Oceans Conference Side Event

Friday 1 July, 17:30-18:45 in Side Event Room 2 (Inside conference venue - Blue Zone)

This event is organized by: Belize Ministry of Blue Economy and Civil Aviation, SIDS DOCK, and GRID-Arendal

This side event will consist of a panel discussion examining the potential of the voluntary carbon market (VCM) to support coastal communities, the blue economy, and sustainable conservation and management. In the context of the rapidly developing blue carbon market, the aim is to examine country needs in project development, enabling policy and sound governance for supporting a market with maximum benefit for SIDS.



Mr. Ronald Jumeau, SIDS DOCK Roving Ambassador for Oceans


Ms. Maxine Monsanto, Director of Blue Economy & Civil Aviation, Government of Belize

Ambassador Ilana Seid, Permanent Representative of Palau to the United Nations

Mr. Mas Achmad Santosa, CEO of Indonesia Ocean Justice Initiative (IOJI)

Mr. Luiselou Pinto, Advisor to Minister of Energy, Government of São Tomé and Príncipe, Member SIDS DOCK Executive Council

Technical experts:

Dr. James Kairo, Chief scientist, Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI), Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation

Mr. Steven Lutz, Senior Programme Officer, Blue Carbon Lead, GRID-Arendal, A United Nations Environment Programme Partner

Proposed Agenda

I. Welcome and Introductory Remarks (15 min)

  • Opening by Moderator
  • Introduction highlighting the perspective of blue carbon and SIDS (setting, issues, and opportunities) via 2 expert presentation

II. The SIDS blue carbon journey – national reflections on developing blue carbon projects and envisioning a market with maximum benefit for SIDS (experiences, challenges, needs, goals) (25 minutes)

  • 4 SIDS speakers

III. Panel Discussion and Q&A (30 min)

  • Panel discussion with speakers
  • Q&A with audience

IV. Wrap Up and Conclusion (5 min)

Contact: Steven Lutz, Blue Carbon Lead, GRID-Arendal (Steven.Lutz@grida.no)