Blue co-founder and trustee Chris Gorell Barnes proposed to the Ditchley Foundation that they host a policy conference on the theme of oceans. The Ditchley Foundation took Chris up on his suggestion and, in partnership with the Canadian Government, convened a weekend thought leadership conference in April in Oxfordshire in order to collate recommendations for the G7 conference in Charlevoix, Ottawa on June 7-9th.
Chris Gorell Barnes, Adrian Gahan and Dan Crockett represented BLUE at the event. It was a fruitful weekend of networking and debate, resulting in a summary report of the group’s conclusions being presented to the Canadian government. The G7 duly produced the ‘Charlevoix Blueprint for Healthy Oceans, Seas and Resilient Coastal Communities’, which included commitments to, inter alia, ‘address IUU fishing and other drivers of overexploitation of fish stocks’ and to ‘support strategies to effectively protect and manage vulnerable areas of our oceans’, including an acknowledgement of efforts to develop an international legally-binding instrument to protect biodiversity on the high seas.
You can read the G7 Charlevoix Blueprint for Healthy Oceans, Seas and Resilient Coastal Communities here.