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International Symposium on Blue Economy and Marine Conservation

Jun 02nd 2018 08:30


China’s blue economy will play a central role in the country’s 21st Century development. China’s coastal provinces, with just 14% of its land area, have half the population of the country and two-thirds of the economic activity. The oceans are a major source of food production and a major source of employment and economic activity. In the coming decade, China’s maritime economy is expected to achieve a growth rate nearly twice that of other sectors.

This growth is challenged because China’s coasts and oceans face mounting pressures and threats. More than half of China’s fisheries are overharvested and depleted. More than 60% of China’s coastal wetlands have been lost to development. And, pollution carried by rivers to China’s coasts produces vast “dead zones” and contaminates seafood produced in the rapidly growing coastal aquaculture industry.

This symposium will invite scholars, government officals, entrepreneurs and representatives from non-government organizations (NGOs) to discuss the challenges of China’s maritime economy and seek for a sustainable blue economy. 

Agenda :



8:30 - 9:00

Registration  and Networking

9:00 - 9:20  


Moderator: Junjie Zhang, Director, Environmental Research Center, Duke Kunshan University


Welcome Remarks

  • Liu, Jingnan, Chancellor, Duke Kunshan University (5 mins)


Opening Session

  • Dezhi Wang, Vice President & Chief Scientist, Paradise Foundation (5 mins)
  • Yingli Mai, Assistant Executive, China Yintai Holdings Company Limited (5 mins)
  • Walt Reid, Director, Conservation and Science, Packard Foundation (5 mins)

9:20 - 9:30

Launching of the Blue Pioneers Program

9:30 - 10:30

Keynote Speeches

  • Perspectives Towards Ecosystem-Based Management of the Great Bay Area of the Pearl River Delta (20 mins)
    Minhan Dai, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Science, Professor, Xiamen University
  • Economics of Fisheries Management and Marine Conservation (20 mins)
    James Wilen, Professor, Agricultural and Resource Economics,University of California, Davis
  • Social Impact Investment and Marine Conservation (20 mins)
    Xingsheng Zhang, Dow Capital Capital Founding Partner, Former Chief Representative of North-East Asia and Greater China, The Nature Conservancy

10:30 - 10:40

Signing Ceremony

Signing Ceremony of MOU Between The Forever Nature Capital Foundation and DKU on Students Practicum Base of Teaching and Research

10:40 - 10:55

Coffee Break

10:55 - 12:05

Session 1 Marine Governance and Management

Moderator:Binbin Li, Assistant Professor, Duke Kunshan University

  • Norwegian Experience with Regard to Marine Conservation (15 mins)
    Ingvild Sæverud, Counsellor, Norwegian Embassy in Beijing
  • Conservation of and international trade in marine species: CITES evolution towards aquatic species (15 mins)
    Zhongze Wu, Director of Endangered Species Import and Export Management Office, National Forestry and Grassland Bureau
  • Marine Fishing Industry and Management Systerm in China (15 mins)
    Yi Tang, Dean of College of Marine Culture and Law, Shanghai Ocean University
  • Emergency response and management of marine oil spills (15mins)
    Honglei Xu, Director, Institute of Enviornment and Resources Research, Academy of Planning and Research, Ministry of Transport of the People’s Repubilic of China
  • Panel discussion (10 mins)

12:05 - 13:00

Lunch Break

13:00 - 14:15

Session 2Sustainable Blue Economy

Moderator:Song Gao, Professor, Duke Kunshan University

  • Keeping the Blue Economy Green: Marine Conservation in a Changing World (15 mins)
    Patrick Halpin, Associate Professor of Marine Geospatial Ecology, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University
  • We Need the Ocean More Than the Ocean Needs Us (15 mins)
    Rashid Sumaila, Director, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, University of British Columbia Vancouver
  • Marine Economy and Sustainable Fishery (15 mins)
    Jianyu Zhang, China Chief Representative, EDF
  • Plastic in the Ocean:  Turning Wastes to Profits (15 mins)
    William Winner, Professor of Science, Duke Kunshan University
  • Panel discussion (15 mins)

14:15 - 15:15

Session 3:Ocean Law and Policy

Moderator: Kathinka Furst, Associate Director, Environmental Research Center, Duke Kunshan University

  • China and International Ocean and Fisheries Law (15 mins)
    Julia Xue, Chair Professor, KoGuan Law School, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Director, Center for Rule of Ocean Law Studies; Center for Polar and Deep Ocean Development
  • Experience Sharing of Public Interest Litigation in Water Resources and Water Ecological Environment (15 mins)
    Qian Sun, Senior Judge, Supreme People's Court Environmental Resources Trial Division
  • A Comparative Study of the Marine Protection Laws in China and the United States (15 mins)
    Yanmei Lin, Associate Professor, Vermont Law School
  • Panel discussion (15 mins)

15:15 - 15:30

Coffee Break

15:30 - 17:00

Session 4:Blue Pioneers

Moderator: Fangyi Yang, Partnership Development Director, Paradise Foundation


  • Marine and Ocean Conservation and Management:The role of NGOs and Social Entrepenours (10 mins)
    Kathinka Furst, Associate Director, Environmental Research Center, Duke Kunshan University
  • Panel 1: Marine NGO and Its Capacity Building (40 mins)
    Hanhan, Executive Director, China Blue Sustainability Institute
    Xinghui Chen, previous BPP participant
    Wuying Lin, Chief Scientist, Guangxi Biodiversity Research and Conservation Association
    Ziwen, CEO, Goal Blue Low Carbon Development and Promotion Centre

  • Panel 2: Social investing and Grant making for Marine Conservation (40 mins)
    Walt Reid, Director, Conservation and Science, Packard Foundation
    Bowen Zhang, Vice-sectary general, SEE Foundation
    Dezhi Wang, Vice President & Chief Scientist, Paradise Foundation

17:00 – 17:30

Concluding Remarks


Reception Dinner


  • 100 RMB/Person (covering attendance, lunch and tea breaks)
  • Attendees will be responsible for the travel, accomodation and any other costs.
  • Invoices are available for attendees if needed.
  • Fees will not be returned once you are registered.


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