Our Director, attended the High Level Meeting on the future of coral reefs at Fishmonger´s Hall, London Feb: 14 for International Year of the Reef 2018. The meeting was seen as An Opportunity for Increasing Coral Reef Resilience through New Collaborative Models. There, the Prince of Wales gave a talk on the value of coral reefs and the urgent need to conserve them, particularly from anthropogenic threats. The event was put together by the the Prince of Wales’ International Sustainability Unit.
Jayme A. Kurtyka (member of the Bf Advisory committee) represented us in the Clinton Global Initiative Action Network on Post Disaster Recovery held in Miami in April, 3. The leaders of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Dominica, and Antigua and Barbuda had approached President Clinton about assisting their countries to rebuild in a more resilient fashion, after the devastation of the hurricanes in September 2017. Out of this request, the Clinton Foundation launched the Action Network at the meeting, which brought together leaders from across sectors – government, civil society, business, and academia to “develop new, specific, and measurable plans that will advance the recovery and promote long-term resiliency across the region.” Participants both learned from leaders in the region about key priorities and needs, and worked towards “tangible” future steps and opportunities for collaboration. Blue finance hosted a discussion in the conservation session of Restoring the Natural Resource Base for Thriving Societies.
We contributed to two articles on the Blue Economy in the Euromoney magazine. The primary article under Markets – Corporate Social Responsibility is titled It´s time for blue finance and deals with the need for private investment in ocean conservation, especially now with the health of ocean systems deteriorating so rapidly. Input was also made from Matt Arnold, global head of sustainable finance JP Morgan, Fabian Huwyler, head of green solutions within the impact advisory and finance department at Credit Suisse and Mike Eckhart, global head of environmental finance at Citi among others.
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The second article titled Blue finance: Why marine PPPs could be a win-win-win, speaks to our flag ship project in The Dominican Republic. With input primarily from the Blue finance Director, Nicolas Pascal, supported by team member Kristin Rechberger of Dynamic Planet, as well as Jake Kheel of the Grupo Puntacana Foundation (of the co-management body).
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