The next tri-annual international conference on “Progress in Marine Conservation 2018” will take place from the 3rd – 7th of September 2018 again at the OZEANEUM in Stralsund, Germany and will be hosted by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN, section Marine Conservation, Isle of Vilm) in cooperation with the German Oceanographic Museum.
For 2018 the focus of the conference is going to be changed for once from the originally looking "progress in marine conservation in Europe" to such progress on a global dimension for following reason. In 2017 / 2018, there is the 25-th "anniversary" of the "Rio-Conference", the "EU Habitats Directive", the new "Helsinki-Convention", the "Oslo-Paris-Convention" and lastly (and certainly least) also of the establishment of the “Division on Marine Nature Conservation" of the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation on the Isle of Vilm, Germany. It is intended to look back over these past 25 years and reflect on milestones, achievements and progress in marine nature conservation globally as well as in regional seas.
The chances and perspectives for the further progress in the next years are going to be explored – which are the most important and pressing issues, where do we need more international action and cooperation, which are successful measures we have to proceed with and which problems need to be solved most urgently on global and/or regional scale.
Thus the conference title is "Progress in marine conservation: 25 years after Rio - reflections on past development and looking ahead".