Waves of Opportunity: Tapping into the Trillion $ Sustainable Ocean Economy

Day 1 - 5th Oct | 15:45 - 16:35

Location: Sustainable Transformation Theatre (Keynote)

Food & Nature


Our ocean provides ecosystem services that are vital for human wellbeing and the prosperity of the global economy. But these services are at risk. With the ocean under increasing pressure from climate change, overfishing, pollution, a loss of biodiversity and coastal ecosystems degradation, what are the risks – and opportunities – facing companies and investors? How can business best harness ocean resources and services for long-term economic development and social prosperity while ensuring the health of our marine ecosystems?


  • Businesses which depend on ocean resources have a responsibility not only to limit their impact, but also to have a positive influence on the health of marine ecosystems.
  • It is in the best interest of business to invest in the sustainable development of the ocean economy – via innovation in technology as well as creating systems that accelerate the development and financing of new approaches.
  • What does “sustainable investment” look like in an ocean context? The goal is to ensure that ocean-related investment delivers long-term value without having a negative impact on marine ecosystems, on efforts to reduce carbon emissions, or on ocean-based businesses of all sizes and the livelihoods of people who depend on them.

Post Event Actions

  • Find out how your company and industry can mobilise partnerships, capacity and technology into redirecting the way the economy works – in a way that harnesses ocean resources and services for long-term economic development and social prosperity while protecting the environment.
  • Rethink how you can support developing financial instruments, investments and projects that aim to restore, protect or maintain the diversity, productivity, resilience and overall health of marine ecosystems, as well as the livelihoods and communities dependent upon them.
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