Exploring Innovative Practices

This Symposium featured communities & organizations from around the world who are increasing skills, learning & cooperation to pass on healthy oceans to future generations.


Tuesday, 19 July and Wednesday, 20 July 2016


The Capitol Hotel Tokyu
2-10-3 Nagatacho, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 100-0014, Japan

Hosted by

The Nippon Foundation
The Secretariat of the Headquarters for Ocean Policy, Cabinet Secretariat, Government of Japan
Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Government of Japan
In collaboration with The Nature Conservancy

The Symposium was open to the public and included simultaneous translation in Japanese and English.

Download a PDF of the Program

Click on the name of each practice below to access the relevant fact sheet.


Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Ballroom “Ho’ oh” – First Floor

9:30-10:00 Symposium Opening

Master of Ceremonies: Mr. Hanson Hosein, Director of the Communication Leadership Program, University of Washington

Welcome Speeches from the Hosts

Mr. Yohei Sasakawa, Chairman of The Nippon Foundation

Mr. Toru Doi (to be confirmed), Vice-Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport & Tourism, Government of Japan

Mr. Fumiaki Matsumoto (to be confirmed), State Minister of Cabinet Office

10:00-11:00 Keynote Speeches

Video message from HSH Prince Albert II , Principality of Monaco

H.E. Tommy Remengesau Jr. , President, Republic of Palau

H.E. Anote Tong, Former President, Republic of Kiribati

H.E. The Hon Robert Hill, AC, Adjunct Professor, University of Sydney; Former Minister of Environment, Minister of Defence and Ambassador to the UN, Australia; Former Global Ocean Commissioner

Ms. Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli , Director, Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, UN

11:00-11:30 Coffee/Tea Break

Global Ocean Capacity Building Practices

Theme 1: Managing Our Oceans

11:30-12:30 Video Opening: Mark Tercek, President & CEO, The Nature Conservancy

Session 1: Fisheries Management

Moderator: Dr. Yoshitaka Ota, Head of Nereus Program, University of British Columbia

Panel Discussant: Dr. Arni Mathiesen, Assistant Director-General, FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department

12:30-13:40 Lunch Break

TED-Style talk: Mr. Eric Co, Crew Member, Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage (aboard Hōkūleʻa) & Senior Program Officer for Marine Conservation, Harold K.L. Castle Foundation

13:45-14:45 Session 2: Protection of the Marine Environment

Moderator: Ms. Kate Brown, Executive Director, Global Island Partnership

Panel Discussant: Dr. Susan Lieberman, Vice President, International Policy, Wildlife Conservation Society

14:45-15:00 Coffee/Tea Break
15:00-16:00 Session 3: Science for Decision Making

Moderator: Ms. Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli , Director, Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, UN

Panel Discussant: Dr. Melchior Mataki, Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management & Meteorology, Solomon Islands

16:10-17:10 Session 4: Building Resilience to Climate Change

Moderator: Mr. Jesse Gerstin, Senior Policy Manager, Clinton Climate Initiative

Panel Discussant: Dr. Yukio Masumoto, Tokyo University, Japan

17:10-17:20 Day One Closing

Master of Ceremonies

18:30-20:00 Official Reception

Hosted by the Nippon Foundation and the Government of Japan

By invitation only

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Ballroom “Ho’ oh” – First Floor

9:00-9:30 Opening of Second Day

Master of Ceremonies

TED-Style talk: Ms. Tuhiira Tucki Huke, Kakaka Here Henua, Rapa-Nui Easter Island, Chile

Global Ocean Capacity Building Practices

Theme 2: Educating and Connecting

9:40-10:40 Video Opening: The Honorable Dr. Jane Lubchenco, U.S. Science Envoy for the Ocean, U.S Department of State and Distinguished Professor, Oregon State University

Session 5: Youth and Community Programs

Moderator: Dr. Jamison Ervin, Senior Policy Advisor, Global Ecosystems and Biodiversity Programme, UN Development Programme

Panel Discussant: Ms. Margaret Spring, Vice President of Conservation and Science, Monterey Bay Aquarium

10:40-11:00 Coffee/Tea Break
11:00-12:00 Session 6: Cross-Sectoral Education and TrainingModerator: Mr. Kristian Teleki, Senior Marine Advisor, Prince of Wales’ International Sustainability Unit & Director of Engagement, Ocean Unite

Panel Discussant: Dr. Gregory Stone, Executive Vice President, Chief Scientist for Oceans, Conservation International

12:00-13:10 Lunch
13:15-14:15 Session 7: Global & Regional Multi-stakeholder Engagement

Moderator: Dr. Valerie Hickey, Practice Manager, Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice, World Bank

Panel Discussant: Mr. Taholo Kami, Regional Director, IUCN Oceania

14:20-15:20 Special Panel Discussion: Future Prospect for Ocean Education in Japan

Moderator: Mr. Mitsuhisa Hioki, Project Professor of Research Center for Marine Education, The University of Tokyo


  • Mr. Kazunobu Asada, Deputy DirectorGeneral, Elementary and Secondary Education Bureau, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
  • Ms. Michi Amano, Tokyo Sea Life Park
  • Mr. Yasumi Kudo, President of the Japanese Shipowners’ Association
  • Mr. Fumiya Shinohara, Commentator
  • Mr. Kenji Nagamatsu, Senior Deputy DirectorGeneral, Maritime Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
15:20-15:40 Coffee/Tea Break
15:45-16:30 Final Outcomes

Moderator: Dr. Francois Bailet, Senior Legal Officer, Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, UN

Presenter 1 (from Theme 1 moderator): Dr. Yoshitaka Ota

Presenter 2 (from Theme 2 moderator): Dr. Valerie Hickey

Commentator: Mr. Charles Bedford, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, The Nature Conservancy

  • Report from session moderators
  • Identification of common success factors and remaining gaps in capacity building for protecting oceans
16:35-17:30 Closing Remarks

H.E. Jan Olsson, Ambassador for Environment and Oceans, Sweden

Mr. Stefaan Depypere, Director for International Affairs and Markets, Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission

H.E. Ronald Jumeau, Ambassador for Climate Change & SIDS Issues, Seychelles

Mr. Mitsuyuki Unno, Executive Director, The Nippon Foundation

18:30-20:00 Farewell Reception for Symposium Attendees

Cocktail and stand-up buffet dinner