Ocean’s People Conference - Oslo

Vi arrangerer internasjonal konferanse og workshop 21-23 oktober i Oslo i samarbeid med sosiale bevegelser og fisker organisasjoner mot trusler og for løsninger for hav, kystfiskere og kystsamfunn, klima og miljø - for framtida

Ocean’s People Conference - Oslo


Et hav av blå myter - reelle løsninger for fiskere, kystsamfunn, hav og klima


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***english below***

Havet, havressursene og kystsamfunnene er truet av forurensning, klimaendringer, uholdbar forvaltning, militarisering og overfiske. Utviklingen er hovedsakelig drevet av store investeringer og industrielt fiske som har alvorlige sosiale, økonomiske og miljømessige konsekvenser for kystsamfunn, småfiskere, kystfiskere, urfolk og marginaliserte grupper i nord og sør.

Begrepet "blå økonomi" brukes til å ramme inn en utvikling og utnyttelse av havet som domineres av storkapital, store investeringer og marine ressurser som private interesser over fisken som tilhører lokalsamfunnene. Som svar på agendaen om den blå økonomien samles sivilsamfunn og sosiale bevegelser for å gi stemmer og sette en agenda som tjener kystsamfunn, miljø og folks fremtid.


  • Hva er den blå økonomien og hva er dens drivkrefter?
  • Hva truer økonomiene til kyst- og småfiskere, og hva er alternativene våre?
  • Hva er de levde opplevelsene til lokale fiskere fra nord og sør?
  • Hva er de virkelige løsningene og strategiene for fiskere, miljø og samfunn?
  • Hvordan kan vi beskytte havene mot dyptgående gruvedrift, oljesøl, forurensning og dumping?

Disse og andre spørsmål vil være på agendaen når vi møtes

Konferansen vil ha internasjonale gjester og vil ha oversettelse norsk/engelsk

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Dato: 21- 23 Oktober
Sted: Miljøhuset, 5 etasje (Konferanserom), Mariboes gate 8, 0183 Oslo


(Bilde: Ingvild Austgulen/Natur og Ungdom, Andenes i Vesterålen)

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Ocean’s People Conference - Oslo


An Ocean of blue myths: real solutions for fisherfolk, coastal communities, the sea and climate


The ocean, ocean resources and coastal societies are threatened by pollution, climate change, unsustainable management, militarization and overfishing. The development is mainly driven by large investments and industrial fishing which have serious social, economic and environmental consequences for coastal communities, small fishermen, coastal fishermen, indigenous peoples and marginalized groups in the north and south.

The term "blue economy" is used to frame a development and exploitation of the sea that is dominated by large capital, large investments, and marine resources as private interests over the fish as belonging to the communities. In response to the "blue economy" agenda, civil society and social movements are gathering to provide voices and to set an agenda that serves coastal communities, the environment and peoples future.

  • What is the blue economy and what are its driving forces?
  • What are threatening the economies of coastal and small fisher folk, and what are our alternatives?
  • What are the lived experiences of local fishers from north and south?
  • What are the real solutions and strategies for fishers, environment and communities?
  • How can we protect the seas against push for deep sea mining, oil spills, pollution and dumping?

Date: 21- 23 October
Place: Miljøhuset, 5th floor (Conference-room), Mariboes gate 8, 0183 Oslo

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Monday - 21th October

18:00-   20:00

Opening of the Conference
- Welcome by the Norwegian host/ Helene Bank, The Norwegian Trade Campaign

  • Presentation by Transnational Institute (TNI) on the Blue Economy, Mads Barbesgaard

The lived experiences of the blue economy (brief intro): A dialogue with perspectives from global north and south

Questions and roundtable discussion

Forming a group assigned to draft statement



Tuesday 22 october

08:30- 08:45 Opening and constitution of conference

Formation of rapporteur group, media group, and statement group
08:45- 09:00

Introduction to Our Ocean - history and politics

  • Video-statement by Marthin Hadiwinata, KNTI
  • Comments by Mads Barbesgaard, TNI

KNTI is an Indonesia Traditional Fisherfolks Union (KNTI) who worked with the parallel civil society conference to Our Ocean in Bali in 2018.


Block I:  The lived experiences - cases from coastal communities in the Global North and South

09:00-  10:30

The ocean has been central to human life for millennia and this inter-connectedness between human and nature remain central to the lives of millions of peoples across the world. In this session, we will learn how    people live in co-existence with nature and discuss the impacts of the ocean economy.  

 A panel conversation on small-scale fishing: What are the lived experiences? is local fishing culture reflected in the governance of marine resources? And what is the current development in the territorial waters?

 Panel dialogue: 

  • Arne Pedersen, Norwegian fisher, Norges Kystfiskarlag
  • Eva Lisa Robertsen, Kystopprøret (Coastal rebellion)
  • Teina MacKenzie, Te Ipukarea Society (TIS) Cook Islands

Facilitated by Adam Wolfenden (PANG -Pacific network on Globalisation)

10:30- 10:55 Coffee break

Block II:  The driver of ocean economies - From the overall analysis of ocean capitalism to concrete ocean sectors


11:00- 13:00

This block will enable us to connect the broader political and economic contexts of the ocean economy with concrete ocean sectors; we will look at specific sectors through a historical lens (how did the sector evolve and who are/were the key actors) and we will connect each sector to broader political and economic circumstances

 A short intro and set of guiding questions will open up for conversations on concrete ocean sectors.

This conversation will also serve as an example on how to structure the conversations in the group discussions.

Panel conversation (11:00 – 12:00)

  • Adam Wolfenden, PANG
  • Riza Damanik, KNTI
  • Therese Hugstmyr Woie, managing director, Natur and Youth Norway on Aquaculture
  • Haldis Tjeldflaat Helle, Nature and Youth Norway, on Oil & gass and the climate lawsuit 


Workshop discussions (12:00- 13:00)

  • Group 1: Oil & Gas (Faciliator: GroundWork)
  • Group 2: Deep sea mining (Facilitator: Fair Oceans)
  • Group 3: Industrial aquaculture (Facilitator:)
  • Group 4: Mine-dumping (Nature and Youth & Society for Threatened Peoples)
  • Group 5: open of other issues brough up by participants 

Facilitated by Transnational Institute

13:00-14:00 Lunch

 Workshops continued

The feedback from group discussions will take form of short statements which will form the base for statements from the meeting/media statements


- make materials for demonstration (hand-posters)
- press statements 

15:30-16:00 Coffee and tea break

16:00- 17:15





Presentation by the Foreign Ministry on Our Ocean
- by state-secretary Jens Frølich Holt

The Norwegian government interests in Our Ocean, work on the high-level panel report on sustainable oceans, and expectations for the outcome of Our Ocean

Questions from audience

Comment by the opposition in Parliament, by Torgeir Knag Fylkesnes (tbc)
vice chair of the commiittee on buisness and trade, and vice president of the Socialist left part


17:15- 19.00

Preparing for Our Ocean

Summary of the group work
Strategies for Our Ocean opening
Facilitated by media group


Wednesday 23 October


Opening and recap day 1

Block III:  The mechanisms used to advance the blue economy

11:00- 13:00 

Transnational corporations, international conservation organisations, and nation states apply a series of tools and engage in various policy process to advance the blue economy. These, which we will frame as mechanisms, are mainly oriented toward the generation and accumulation of profit and typically (it can be argued with some exemptions) overlook the environmental and social development pillars of the UN Sustainability Agenda.


  • Thibault Josse, Pleine Mer, France
  • Adam Wolfenden, PANG, on Free trade Agreements and access to resources
  • Bente Aasjord, Fagforbundet on the marginalization of coastal communities
  • Peter Lunenborg, South Centre, fisheries subsidies negotiations and large- scale industrial fleets

Questions and debate

Facilitator: Helene Bank, The Norwegian Trade Campaign

13:00- 14:00 Lunch
14:00- 15:30 

Block IV: The Real Solutions and strategies


An intro with short pitches on solutions. On the basis hereof, participants will choose which group they want to join.

- Short video from kystopprøret (Coastal rebellion)

Pitch on:

  • Just transition (Niven Reddy, Groundwork, South Africa)
  • Strategies to counter the Blue Growth narrative (Fair Oceans and TNI)
  • The campaign Take the sea back and the land in use, by Are Einari Björklund Skau
  • Solutions articulated by participants

We will go into groups; reflect upon the conversations over the last 1.5 day and discuss solutions and strategies.

Break-away groups: 

  • Media statements
  • Work on our statement
  • Discuss strategies and way forward in discussion groups

Feedback with plenary discussion.

Facilitated by: Transnational institute, groundWork, and Handelskampanjen


 Workshop discussions continued

Feedback from group work.
Presentation of statement prepared by drafting group
Presentation and discussion of strategies forward
Strengthening alliances and mobilising for future action

16:30- 17:00 Tea break
17:00- 18:30

  Workshop continued

Is there an interest in taking this initiative forward?
What are the implications in terms of commitment and human resources?
Is there interest in forming a group to move forward?

18:30  End of conference


Thursday Oct. 24th

9:00-15:00: Facilities open for working groups, support groups for media, SCO participants at 006 etc.  The hosts are available for practical support


Translation: english/norwegian

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Organisations behind the conference: Handelskampanjen (The Norwegian Trade Campaign), Transnational Institute (TNI), Norwegian Social Forum, kampanjen Ta havet tilbake og jorda i bruk, Indonesian Traditional Fisherfolks Union (KNTI), Pacific network on globalisation (PANG), Fair-Oceans, and Ozeanien-Dialoge

The Norwegian Trade Campaign is a network of organisations: Attac, Fagforbundet, For Velferdsstaten, Handel og Kontor, Latin Amerikagruppene i Norge, Natur og Ungdom, Nei til EU, Norges Bondelag, Norges Bygdekvinnelag, Norges Bygdeungdomslag, Norsk Bonde- og Småbrukarlag, Oikos- Økologisk Norge, PRESS, Spire, Ungdom mot EU, Utviklingsfondet, og Folkeaksjonen mot TISA.



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