Biodiversity for a Resilient Planet

A panel with DOSI and partners at the 2022 UN Ocean Conference


Welcome! The Deep Ocean Stewardship Initiative (DOSI) is pleased to invite you to our panel side event at the 2022 UN Ocean Conference, “Biodiversity for a Resilient Planet: A Deeper Look.”

The deep ocean contains over 90 percent of the living space for life on Earth, and its remarkable biodiversity is critical for human well-being. While it can seem remote and unchanging, this deep-sea biodiversity faces clear and increasing threats from climate change, mining, fishing, and pollution. To make sure deep-ocean life can keep supporting a livable planet, we need new partnerships and policy solutions that make good use of the latest ocean science.

The Event

This panel, designed for all audiences, will gather top experts to share ideas for scaling up effective management and conservation of the deep sea. Panelists will speak on the following key points:

  1. Important benefits that deep-sea biodiversity provides to people and other life on Earth
  2. Current threats facing deep-sea life
  3. Current policy options for improving conservation of deep-sea biodiversity
  4. How to design and use future science to enable good policy decisions for the deep sea

After a discussion among the panelists, the remaining time will be used for audience questions. Food and refreshments will be available before the panel.

The speakers

Panelists at this event will include:

  • Dr Anna Metaxas, Dalhousie University*
  • Dr Ricardo Serrão Santos, University of the Azores and former Minister of Maritime Affairs, Portugal
  • Dr Diva Amon, Benioff Ocean Initiative, University of California, Santa Barbara*
  • Angelique Pouponneau, Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS)
  • Dr Lisa Levin, Scripps Institution of Oceanography*
  • Kristina Gjerde, International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)*
  • Dr Ana Hilário, Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies, University of Aveiro; Challenger 150 Co-Lead*

*DOSI Core Team member

The event will be moderated by Brandon Gertz, DOSI’s Communications Lead.


Important details for attendees

This panel will be held on June 28th between 1:15pm and 2:45pm Lisbon time. The venue is the José Mariano Gago Auditorium of the Pavilhao do Conhecimento, 600 meters South of Altice Arena. As this event will be held outside of Altice Arena, no badge is necessary to attend. Before the panel begins, refreshments will be offered in the venue’s atrium.

Both to understand likely attendance at this panel and to prepare proper refreshments, we would very much appreciate it if you would RSVP here.

Thank you, and we look forward to speaking with you soon!

Best wishes,

The Deep Ocean Stewardship Initiative (DOSI) and partners: University of California, Universidade de Aveiro, IUCN, Challenger 150, AOSIS, Ciencia Viva, the Deep Ocean Observing Strategy (DOOS), Okeanos, and Arcadia Fund


Directions to the panel venue from Altice Arena: