International Expert Workshop on Blue Natural Capital

3–4 October 2018 | Lisbon, Portugal

Final report

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Highlights of the Workshop

Blue Natural Capital Workshop participants pose for a family photo

The Lisbon Workshop on Blue Natural Capital took place from 3-4 October in Lisbon, Portugal, at the Lisbon Ocean Aquarium (Oceanário de Lisboa). The Workshop was sponsored by Oceano Azul Foundation.

The two-day conference:

  • explored how to mainstream Blue Natural Capital (BNC) in economic science, corporate accounting, ecosystem management, and policy and international processes; and
  • highlighted case studies on valuing BNC and its use in conservation strategies, revenue models and business cases for sustainable ocean economy.
  • The Workshop was attended by approximately 30 participants, including academics, economists, conservationists, and civil society. The workshop gathered inputs on strategies aimed at doubling BNC stock by 2050.

    IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB+ Meeting Coverage, has provided a summary report from the International Expert Workshop on Blue Natural Capital, which is available in HTML and PDF.


    Photos courtesy of Oceano Azul Foundation

    Participants during the workshop
    John Virdin, Director, Ocean and Coastal Policy Program, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University, US
    Pushpam Kumar, Chief Environmental Economist, UN Environment
    L-R: John Virdin, Director, Ocean and Coastal Policy Program, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University, US; and Michael Orbach, Professor Emeritus of Marine Affairs and Policy, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University, US
    Carlos Durate, Professor of Marine Sciences, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia
    L-R: Andreas Kraemer, Director, Oceano Azul Foundation; Tiago Pitta Cunha, Chief Executive Director, Oceano Azul Foundation; and Emanuel Gonçalves, Director, Oceano Azul Foundation