Healthy Oceans Tech and Finance Forum: Innovative Solutions for Asia and the Pacific

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Healthy Oceans Tech and Finance Forum: Innovative Solutions for Asia and the Pacific

26 January 2022 to 28 January 2022

How can technology and finance protect our oceans, increase resilience, and accelerate the growth of sustainable blue economies?

The ADB Healthy Oceans Tech and Finance Forum aimed to promote and share innovative technologies, good practices, case studies, and practical solutions to protect and enhance the health and resilience of the ocean ecosystems and coastal communities in the region.

The three-day forum covered 4 thematic tracks: (1) Plastic-free Oceans, (2) Coastal Resilience, (3) Ocean Finance, and (4) Blue Foods. The program included talks by ocean champions, seaside chats, and deep-dive sessions that feature ocean science, innovation, and technologies along with traditional solutions and indigenous knowledge with potential for scale-up.

Spotlight sessions highlighted marine renewable energy, sustainable coastal and marine tourism, green ports and shipping, nitrogen management from source to sea, sustainable ocean planning, and more! 

All session recordings, presentations, virtual expo booths, and knowledge resources are available on the forum’s virtual platform at healthyoceans.adb.org. 

Simply click on the hyperlinked Deep Dive and Spotlight Session titles on the forum agenda to watch all recordings.

Share this content with your networks! Those who did not register for the forum can easily create a password to access the virtual platform.

 

Objectives

The ADB Healthy Oceans Tech and Finance Forum aimed to:

  • Promote knowledge sharing on innovation, technology, and financing needs and solutions to protect and enhance ocean health
  • Identify how technology and innovation can accelerate the transition to and growth of sustainable blue economies; and
  • Facilitate partnerships to increase ocean investments in Asia and the Pacific.

 

Program and Learning Materials: 
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
27 Jan 2022 Day 1 Opening Plenary, Inspiring Keynote Speech, and Seaside Chat
ADB Vice-President Bambang Susantono, including a keynote speech by WorldFish Global Lead for Nutrition and Public Health Dr. Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted...
Bambang Susantono
27 Jan 2022 Day 1 Day 1 Forum Recap
Recap of Day 1 Plenary Session
Qingfeng Zhang, Anna Oposa
27 Jan 2022 Day 2 Second Day Plenary, Inspiring Keynote Speech
Gab Mejia, Conservation Photographer and National Geographic Explorer
Anna Oposa, Gab Mejia
27 Jan 2022 Day 2 Day 2 Forum Recap
Day 2 Recap of Plenary Session
Qingfeng Zhang, Anna Oposa
27 Jan 2022 Seaside Chat Seaside Chat featuring ADB Vice-President Ahmed Saeed and Honorable Ministers from Fiji, Indonesia, Maldives, and the United Kingdom and ACGF Special Session: Blue Finance Book Launch
Session Synopsis:The global community has set ambitious commitments and targets for achieving healthy marine ecosystems. Through the Healthy Oceans Tech...
Ahmed M. Saeed, Zac Goldsmith, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Anouj Mehta, Rahul Sheth, Qing Xu, Louise Heaps, Aminath Shauna
27 Jan 2022 Day 3 Circular Economy Plastics Clinic: A Project Playshop
Jenna Jambeck, Lerwen Liu, Dave Albao, Anna Oposa
27 Jan 2022 Day 3 Closing Plenary
Bruno Carrasco, ADB Director General and concurrently Chief Compliance Officer of the Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department
Bruno Carrasco, Anna Oposa
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
29 Jan 2022 Webinar Recording: Scene Setter Scene Setter for Plastic-free Oceans
Plastic-freeOceans.Plastic waste and pollution are urgent issues for Asia and the Pacific and the health of its ecosystems and communities. Over 80% of...
Jenna Jambeck
29 Jan 2022 Webinar Recording: Scene Setter Scene Setter for Coastal Resilience
Coastal Resilience.Massive investment at scale is needed in both nature and transformational adaptation to build the resilience of Asia and the Pacific...
Michael Beck
29 Jan 2022 Webinar Recording: Scene Setter Scene Setter for Ocean Finance
Ocean Finance.The global community has set ambitious commitments and targets for achieving healthy marine ecosystems.While science and policy are important...
Margaret Kuhlow
29 Jan 2022 Webinar Recording: Scene Setter Scene Setter for Blue Foods
Blue Foods.Edible aquatic animals, plants, and algae captured or cultivated in freshwater and marine ecosystems – playa central rolein food and nutrition...
Jim Leape
29 Jan 2022 Plastic-free Oceans
29 Jan 2022 Plastic-free Oceans Deep Dive 1.1 (Plastic-free Oceans Track) - Circling Back: A Back-to-Basics Course on Circular Plastics Economy
Anna Oposa, Dave Albao, Lerwen Liu
29 Jan 2022 Plastic-free Oceans Deep Dive 1.2 (Plastic-free Oceans Track) - From Source to Sea: Promoting Circular Economy Solutions to Reduce Marine Plastic Pollution
Bintang Ekananda, Pratibha Priya, Nieva Natural, Shuji Hashizume, Mahesh Pradhan
29 Jan 2022 Plastic-free Oceans Deep Dive 1.3 (Plastic-free Oceans Track) - Message in a Bottle-to Bottle: Scaling Up Investments in High-Quality Recycling
Mani Kishore Vajipeyajula, Kanchana Wanichkorn, Ingo Walterscheid, Keli Yu, Sanjib Bezbaroa, Martyn Tickner, Jonas Byström
29 Jan 2022 Plastic-free Oceans Deep Dive 1.4 (Plastic-free Oceans Track) - Advancing Circularity: Supporting Investible Startups with a Connected Network
Matteo Chiampo, Sandhya Dovedy, Sarahvan van Boekhout, Laura Benns
29 Jan 2022 Plastic-free Oceans Deep Dive 1.5. Better Together: Innovating Socially Inclusive Waste Management Systems
James Baker, Siddharth Hande, Barak Ekshtein, Bharati Chaturvedi, Luca Di Mario
29 Jan 2022 Ocean Finance
29 Jan 2022 Ocean Finance Deep Dive 3.1 (Ocean Finance Track) - The Seafloor: Setting the Foundation for Ocean Finance
Aimee Gonzales, Rashid Sumaila, Kelly Hoareau, Melanie King, Dennis Fritsch, Coral Pasisi , Ben Milligan
29 Jan 2022 Ocean Finance Deep Dive 3.2 (Ocean Finance Track) - The Whale: Are Blue Bonds the Charismatic Megafauna of Ocean Finance?
Guo Shaoquan, Melissa Garvey, Ingrid van Wees, Kushaal Raj, Susan Roxas, Suzanne Johnson, Karthik RamaduraiIyer
29 Jan 2022 Ocean Finance Deep Dive 3.3 (Ocean Finance Track) - The Pearl: Identifying and Accelerating Bankable Ocean Projects
Jonas Svegaarden, Chris Gorell Barnes, Dorothee Herr, Ted Janulis, Nick Chiarelli, Daniela Fernandez, Laura Whitford
29 Jan 2022 Ocean Finance Deep Dive 3.4 (Ocean Finance Track) - The Surfer: Harnessing Ocean Risk to Innovate Ocean Finance: The Case for Parametric Insurance
Chip Cunliffe, Karen Sack, Kate Schweigart, Simon Young, James Sloan, Hilly Ann Roa-Quiaoit , Sherry Lippiatt, Arunkumar Abraham
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
30 Jan 2022 Spotlight Session Using Marine Renewable Energy for Just Transition to a Regenerative Blue Economy
Humanity is becoming increasingly aware of the challenges to the health of our Oceans. Ocean Acidification is being driven by excess carbon saturation...
30 Jan 2022 Spotlight Session Healthy Oceans Tech and Finance Forum: Innovative Solutions for Asia and the Pacific: Spotlight Session on Green Ports and Shipping
Innovative solutions for Asia and the Pacific on Green Ports, Shipping, and Maritime Decarbonization. Objectives: Understand the imperative and...
30 Jan 2022 Spotlight Session SME BlueImpact Asia: Financing Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises that Dominate the Blue Economy
Healthy oceans are inextricably linked to global prosperity. Aside from helping to mitigate climate change, ocean ecosystems support the food security...
30 Jan 2022 Spotlight Session Sustainable Nitrogen Management for Healthy Oceans, Environment, and Economy
Event Synopsis: Nitrogen as a fertilizer has been a huge influence in feeding the global population. Increased crop production over the last century...
Mark Sutton, Tapan Adhya, Anna Lundbom, Janaki Amaratunge
30 Jan 2022 Spotlight Session Ocean and Coastal Tourism: Changing the Tide on Sustainability
Session Synopsis: The global community has set ambitious commitments and targets for achieving healthy marine ecosystems and technologies play an indispensable...
Kimarli Fernando, Shaahina Ali, Jeffrey Smith, Petero Manufolau, Wouter Schalken
30 Jan 2022 Virtual Booth Spotlight Plastic-free Oceans by Ministry of Environment, Government of Japan
Session Synopsis: The global community now faces three global crises: climate change, nature loss, and environmental pollution. In order to address these...
Robin Takashi Lewis, Shuji Sonoda, Yasuhiko Hotta
30 Jan 2022 Virtual Booth Spotlight Coastal Resilience by Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund
Session Synopsis: Consequential and overlapping issues such as food security, climate change, and marine biodiversity have been at the forefront in setting...
Muhammad Ichsan, Sebastien Boulay, Joy Amor Bailey
30 Jan 2022 Virtual Booth Spotlight What’s for dinner tonight? Blue Foods!
Session Synopsis:The global community has set ambitious commitments and targets for achieving healthy marine ecosystems and technologies play an indispensable...
Gene Muller, Markus Mutz, Laura Whitford, Trina Leberer

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