The Center for the Blue Economy Waves Newsletter:  September/October 2016

Tuesday, November 1st--Secure Oceans:  Recommendations for the World's Largest Crime Scene

USS KITTY HAWK, At sea (Sept. 5, 2007) - Naval ships from India, Australia, Japan, Singapore, and the United States steam in formation in the Bay of Bengal during Exercise Malabar 07-2 on Sept. 5.  The formation included USS Kitty Hawk, USS Nimitz, INS Viraat, JS Yuudachi, JS Ohnami, RSS Formidable, HMAS Adelaide, INS Ranvijay, INS Brahmaputra, INS Ranjit, USS Chicago and USS Higgins. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Stephen W. RoweThe pillage of the world’s oceans represents threats to vital U.S. and global economic, environmental and security interests.  Join us for a lecture from Johan Bergenäs, Director of the Partnerships in Security at the Stimson Center and author of “Secure Oceans,” followed by a panel discussion on innovative policy and technological solutions to protect our oceans.  A wine and cheese reception with the speaker and panelists will follow the discussion.

Secure Oceans:  Recommendations for the World's Largest Crime Scene
Lecture, Panel Discussion, and Reception
Tuesday, November 1
Irvine Auditorium, Middlebury Institute of International Studies
499 Pierce Street, Monterey, CA 93940
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Event is free, but registration is requested


How Will Monterey Bay Adapt to Sea-Level Rise? New Measurement of Risk and Uncertainty Project Will Help 

Scenics of Monterey Bay, California.The Center for the Blue Economy has been recommended for an award of $60,000 from the California Sea Grant program to work on a project to help the Southern Monterey Bay and similar communities plan for sea level rise. The study will provide a model and techniques for communities to structure adaptation strategies, combined with economic analysis and community a based process.  This project will investigate and design a process for choosing coastal adaptation strategies that more explicitly measure the risks associated with decisions about adaptation in ways that are accessible and useful to non-expert stakeholders and decision makers.  The area of study will be Southern Monterey Bay, but the model will be adaptable to other coastal cities.   The Measurement of Risk and Uncertainty project is slated to start in Feb. 2017.   


New Academic Program Opportunity:  Arctic Policy and Governance Educational Partnership

arctic-lake-in-summerThanks to the efforts of Center for the Blue Economy Senior Fellow Dr. Brendan Kelly (Arctic expert for more than 40 years), a new, innovative collaboration between MIIS, the University of Alaska at Fairbanks, NOAA, the State of Alaska, and indigenous organizations is set to take off in Feb. 2017.   The project seeks to enhance the effectiveness of Arctic policy and governance by advancing new approaches to the policy-science-indigenous knowledge interface.  The internship provides the opportunity for two MIIS students (congratulations Sorina Seeley and Megan Godfrey) to lead this relationship building effort,  while getting academic credit through the International Professional Service Semester program, and getting paid through a NOAA grant.   We could not ask for a better opportunity for our students. 


The Center for the Blue Economy Celebrates Five Years

5yrparty-groupThe Middlebury Institute’s Center for the Blue Economy (CBE) celebrated its fifth anniversary at a lively event this week, fittingly held at a Cannery Row location overlooking the Monterey Bay. “Today, the CBE is conducting work on every continent and every ocean, partnering with the most influential ocean conservation organizations in the world, and empowering people to care for our vital blue economy,” said CBE Director Jason Scorse, who shared some of the center’s key accomplishments with the assembled crowd of alumni and supporters. “We make the most current data about ocean economic values available to the people, communities, and governments stewarding our ocean environment.”

Shown left to right:  Dr. Brendan Kelly, Mr. Robin Hicks, Dr. Jason Scorse, Dr. Judy Kildow, Ms. Deborah Loker-Hicks, and Dr. Jeff Dayton-Johnson


Historic First:  White House Arctic Science Ministerial Meeting

Brendan.Kelly.530x445.CenterForTheBlueEconomy.SeniorFellowOn September 28, 2016, science ministers from across the globe gathered in Washington, DC, for the first-ever White House Arctic Science Ministerial meeting.  Dr. Brendan Kelly, CBE Senior Fellow and Executive Director of the Study of Environmental Arctic Change gave one of four keynote addresses. 


Welcome Dr. Isao Sakaguchi

isao-sakaguchi-530x445-centerfortheblueeconomy-visitingscholar2016Dr. Isao Sakaguchi joined the Center for the Blue Economy as a Visiting Scholar in October of 2016.   He is Chair of the Department of Political Studies and Professor of International Relations with the Faculty of Law at Gakushuin University in Tokyo, Japan.   Dr. Sakaguchi will be researching issues of seafood traceability in the course of his 18 month appointment with the CBE.  His research will provide a rich policy guidance for those who govern, sponsor and promote seafood certification schemes by providing know-how to set stringency, engage in meta-governance efforts, and to adjust them to changing circumstances.We are so pleased to welcome Dr. Sakaguchi and his family to Monterey!


Dr. Scorse to Speak at Climate Change Summit

Jason.Scorse.530x445.CenterForTheBlueEconomy.StaffOn Thursday, October 27, Dr. Jason Scorse, Director of The Center of the Blue Economy, will give a talk entitled "The Wicked Problem of Climate Change Economics" as part of the Monterey Bay Regional Climate Action Compact's third climate summit. His speech will focus on economics, oceans and coastal sustainability in the Monterey Bay. 


Students Changing the World

"Before The Flood" Film Screening

beforethefloodStudents in the International Environmental Policy studies program invite the public to join them for a screening of the film "Before the Flood."  The film presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet. The film follows Leonardo DiCaprio as he travels to five continents and the Arctic speaking to scientists, world leaders, activists and local residents to gain a deeper understanding of this complex issue and investigate concrete solutions to the most pressing environmental challenge of our time. 

"Before the Flood" Film Screening at MIIS
Wednesday, November 2
6:30pm to 8:30pm in the Irvine Auditorium

This event is free and open to the public


Alumni Making Waves

melis-sylviaearle-squareMelis Okter (MAIEP-OCRM 2016 shown right with Sylvia Earle) has recently published a paper in the journal Aquatic Conservation.   The article, "Polar opposites? Marine conservation tools and experiences in the changing Arctic and Antarctic," describes the major efforts to establish marine protected areas (MPAs) in the Arctic and Antarctic and analyses the similarities and differences in marine protection initiatives in the Earth's polar regions.  Congratulations Melis!


News Bites



Second Annual Oceans in National Income Accounts Symposium

The Center for the Blue Economy Applauds:  Coastal Wetlands and Flood Damage Reduction Report


Dr. Scorse Attended the State Department "Our Oceans" Conference--Obama Drops In 


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