Special session on biodiversity conservation in the High seas and Southern Ocean
The Southern Ocean is unique for its biodiversity (over 9000 endemic species), and productivity with the well-being of many species (whales, penguins, albatrosses, benthic communities) relying upon vast biomass of krill. In the Southern Ocean, all the basins of the world's oceans converge, redistributing heat, salt, fresh water and nutrients around the planet. In recent years, its waters have warmed, both on the surface and at great depths, more than the world average. These changes cause fundamental shifts in processes and habitats, some of which reach critical thresholds, the crossing of which, like a chain reaction, will cause significant

The Southern Ocean is actively studied by scientists from many countries, who share the latest and greatest scientific evidence through the work of the Conservation of Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) Scientific Committee. For the CCAMLR to work most effectively, the active participation of all Members, including Russia, is essential.

In the special session of the Marine Research and Education (MARSEDU) - 2021 conference, we are inviting world-leading experts from international and Russian research communities to discuss the latest achievements of biodiversity conservation in the Southern Ocean and ways forward.

The session consists of two parts with a series of key-note lectures and panel discussions.
Session recording
Session agenda (Moscow time, GMT +3)
14:25-14:30 Closing remarks & Ways forward
Advisor, Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition, The Pew Charitable Trusts

11:05-11:35 Dr. Rodolfo Werner

Q&A session
11:50 - 12:05

Protecting the Earth: 30x30 initiative
Advisor, Marine conservation and Biodiversity
12:20-12:35 Dr. Maria Vorontsova

Panel discussion: Approaches to the creation of new marine protected areas
11:00 - 11:05 Welcome:
Zoom tech details, overview of the session
12:05 - 12:20 - coffee break
Part 2 - Marine Protected Areas in Polar regions and High Seas
Part 1 - Biodiversity conservation in the Southern Ocean. Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources
12:50-13:05 Dr. Nikita Ovsyannikov
Leadership in conserving the global commons: protecting the Ross Sea, Antarctica
Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Boulder

13:05 -13:25 Prof. Cassandra Brooks
Conserving marine biodiversity beyond national boundaries in a connected ocean
Senior High Seas Advisor, IUCN Global Marine and Polar Programme

13:25-13:45 Dr. Kristina Gjerde
Review of the Russian scientific contribution to the biodiversity research and conservation in the Southern Ocean
Representative, Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition
11:35 - 11:50 Elena Zharkova

Selecting priority areas for high seas MPAs on the road to 30x30
Independent Researcher

12:35-12:50 Prof. Callum Roberts
Antarctic Marine Protected Areas
Arctic nature reserve "Wrangel Island": model of integrated spatial protection system of natural ecosystems in polar regions

Professor, University of Exeter

Elena Zharkova
Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC)

Maria Vorontsova
Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC)

Dr. Anna Gebruk
LMSU MRC/University of Edinburgh/UKPN

Alisa Ilinskaya

Ekaterina Nesmeyanova

Session chair:
Dr. Anna Gebruk
University of Edinburgh/

Technical support:
Alisa Ilinskaya
MARESEDU Organisers
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