Session 4.2

The Ocean and COVID-19

The impact of COVID-19 raised many questions about our relationships with nature and biodiversity, including our seas and oceans. Marine ecosystems provide essential services, giving us seafood and half of the oxygen we breathe, trapping our greenhouse gases, and providing a beautiful seascape for our recreation. But these precious habitats are suffering from decades of ill-treatment and neglect. Today, however, seas and ocean are increasingly viewed as part of the solution to our woes, a source of untapped bio-medical opportunities, and home to a blue economic sectors that can help support the economic recovery.

This session will see a panel of speakers reflect on links between the ocean and COVID-19, how the pandemic influenced human uses of the sea and what can we learn from it. The panellists will share their knowledge about marine life and the key human pressures it is facing. They will also reflect on how good management of the marine environment can bring our seas to cleaner, healthier and more productive state. Looking at the positive side of things, the COVID-19 pandemic strengthens the importance of preserving marine ecosystems and biodiversity.


Vera Coelho, Senior Director, Advocacy in Europe, Oceana

Brian O'Riordan, Executive Secretary, LIFE Platform (Low Impact Fishers of Europe)

Monika Gail MacDevette, Chief, Chemicals and Health Branch, Economy Division, UNEP

Mathew White, University of Exeter/University of Vienna


Aminda Leigh, Moderators Europe

Our principal priority is the health, safety and wellbeing of our speakers, moderators, exhibitors and participants, and so we have been monitoring the situation concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak constantly. Due to the current situation and restrictions, it has been decided that EU Green Week 2020 will be available exclusively online.

You will have the opportunity to join the EU Green Week in a new immersive virtual experience. Not only will you be able to watch all the sessions live and interact with the speakers, but you will also have the possibility to explore the exhibitions and network with the other attendants just as if you were there !
The virtual event platform will be soon open - all you have to do is to register and you will gain access to the event from your home or office.
If you are interested in attending the virtual event, you can leave your e-mail address here and we will contact you as soon as the registration platform is available.