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Listen to Protecting Blue Nature episode 1 & 2 today!

Protecting the ocean is a global priority. The ocean represents over 90 per cent of the living space for species on the planet and is critical to billions of people around the world. 

The ocean generates oxygen; provides food security, climate resilience and storm protection. It preserves biodiversity and creates cultural and economic opportunities for humankind.

One way we can help protect the ocean is to share knowledge and experience. Welcome to the Protecting Blue Nature podcast, a show that tackles the challenges facing the world ocean today and features the people and organizations who are creating solutions for a sustainable blue future. 

In the weeks leading up to IMPAC5, we’ll highlight innovators, experts and some key IMPAC speakers working in marine protection and other ocean-related sectors. The podcast explores IMPAC5 themes and streams in eight distinct episodes that include conversations between special guests and podcast hosts Aneri Garg and Isabelle Groc.

Episode 1 – Minna Epps

Building a global marine protected areas network
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You have to be bold, you have to set ambitious goals and targets, and you have to agree on those as well, and that’s what we need to secure ocean health.” – Minna Epps

Minna Epps of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) explains how to bring diverse groups together to create ocean protection policy that is informed, accountable and equitable. The episode focuses on the IMPAC5 theme building a global marine protected area network, as Epps discusses IUCN’s ocean work, global MPA standards and her childhood love of the ocean. 

Epps is a part of the IMPAC5 Planning Committee and is Head, IUCN Ocean, Centre for Conservation Action. A science communicator, Epps has over 20 years of experience working internationally in the marine sector with everything from fieldwork in Madagascar to policy work in Geneva. She is a marine biologist whose experience includes working with the Marine Stewardship Council, European Commission, United Nations Environment Programme and various conservation NGOs. 

Episode 2 – Daniel Pauly

Innovation and Transformational Change
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In the second episode of Protecting Blue Nature, host Isabelle Groc chats with IMPAC5 Keynote speaker Daniel Pauly about innovation and transformational change and his career studying global fisheries management and trends.

Pauly is a world-renowned fisheries scientist. He serves on the board of directors of Oceana and is the Principal Investigator of the Sea Around Us initiative, a large research project devoted to identifying and quantifying global fisheries trends. He is also a Killam professor at the University of British Columbia’s Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries.  The concepts, methods and software which Pauly led and co-developed are referenced in over 1000 scientific and general-interest publications, and are used throughout the world. 

Download Episode 2 of Protecting Blue Nature to learn about innovations in protecting and conserving fish and their ecosystems. In this engaging conversation, Pauly also explains shifting baselines and how they can be overcome, the effects of climate change and deoxygenation on fish, and moving from innovative thinking to innovative implementation.

Intrigued by these conversations?  

If you enjoyed these podcasts, please register for IMPAC5 to participate in conversations like this one with marine practitioners from around the world! Stay tuned on your favourite podcast platforms in the coming weeks for more episodes of Protecting Blue Nature.