October 30th, 1230-1400 (Lunch Will Be Provided), Mengwi Room 8
Hosted by The Waitt Foundation and the U.S. National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO)

Due to economic interdependency and the role of the maritime domain in facilitating both beneficial and illegal activities, maritime security affects every country, not just those bordering the planet’s seas. Active management of risks and opportunities in and from the maritime domain is an enormous and ever-changing challenge, one that no single country can tackle on its own. By collaborating on areas of shared interest and concern, the interlinked GMCOI, including governments, industry, communities, academia, non-governmental organizations, and a multitude of committed ocean leaders, can effectively pursue the goals of global maritime security.

This panel discussion will bring together experts from across the GMCOI, including those with a maritime security and ocean conservation background, to survey the potential for Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) partnerships using creative combinations of stakeholders. The key question is how a partnership between these GMCOI members can strengthen both maritime security and ocean conservation. NMIO and the Waitt Foundation will also discuss their Our Ocean Conference commitments and specific opportunities for collaborating in the months to come.

Specifically, the event seeks to foster the development of a sustainable, long-term partnership between the marine conservation and maritime security communities by laying the foundations for the creation of a “Marine Conservation and Maritime Security Coalition (MCMSC).” Supported by the Waitt Foundation and NMIO, the MCSC will provide an enduring and flexible platform for addressing the maritime information needs of partners within GMCOI. Through an online collaboration space and catalyzing events, the MCSC will facilitate the GMCOI’s design and implementation of solutions to more effectively counter a range of maritime challenges including illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, piracy, and human trafficking. The first event will be a summit February 27-28 in San Diego, California, where the Waitt Foundation and NMIO will work with several partner countries and the GMCOI to design and implement pilot projects to address their priority maritime information needs.

Moderator: Ms. Kathryn Mengerink, Executive Director, The Waitt Institute
Panelists: RADM Robert Sharp, USN, Director, NMIO; Tony Long, CEO, Global Fishing Watch; Tim King, Assistant Director, INTERPOL; and others to be confirmed

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Please note, more information about this side event will be posted as it becomes available. We are unable to facilitate admission to the Our Ocean. For inquiries about registering to attend the Our Ocean Conference, please contact the conference organizers at ourocean2018@kkp.go.id.  

The mission of the National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO) is to advance maritime intelligence integration, information sharing, and domain awareness to foster unity of effort to protect the United States and its global interests, its allies, and its partners against threats to, in, or emanating from the global maritime domain.

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