On August 27th, 2018, Green Innovation Institute and the international Master of Environmental Policy (iMEP) program of Duke Kunshan University (DKU) successfully launched a new Workshop on the Design of Very Large Marine Protected Areas: Theories and Practices. Several leading experts from China, Australia, New Zealand and America such as Patrick Halpin from Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab, Duke University、Yu Weidong from National Marine Environment Monitoring Center, SOA, Graham Edgar from IMAS, Tasmania University met at DKU to discuss marine conservation in depth.
The morning session focused on the political and natural history of the construction of global marine reserves in the world, including discussion of the political processes behind global marine conservation and the challenges that climate change and related large-scale environmental changes pose to marine ecosystem protection. In addition, the experts discussed the challenges of China's offshore ecosystem protection and the principles for building marine protected areas.
The afternoon session of the Workshop emphasized the technical issues conservationists face in the design of large-scale marine protected areas by focusing on two large-scale marine ecosystem management case studies: the management of the Yellow Sea marine ecosystem and the Southern Ocean Marine reserve. By analyzing these cases, participants discussed how to get data, the challenges of decision-making in the areas where data is scarce, how to integrate multiple interests into a project, and what specific and urgent issues need to be addressed in China in order to increase the participation of large-scale marine reserves in marine conservation.
The Green Innovation Institute will organize the most important conclusions from the Workshop’s discussions into a published communication on their Wechat platform. Please keep an eye out for this document’s release.