Conference.18 Nov 2021, 14:00 - 15:20 CET

UN Decade of Ocean Science

Activities far from the coast can have profound impacts on the health of the ocean, threaten marine life, interfere with the ocean’s capacity to serve as a crucial carbon sink and reduce its benefits to society.

Ocean Decade Satellite Event Flyer

To protect the ocean from pollution and promote a sustainable blue economy, it is essential to take action on land and in rivers as well as in the ocean itself. This session will explore ways wherein freshwater and ocean communities can increase their collaboration to better understand, monitor and reduce pollution across the source-to-sea continuum of inland, coastal and marine ecosystems.

This is a satellite activity of the Clean Ocean Laboratory as part of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science.

Freshwater and ecosystems/biodiversityWater pollutionSource-to-Sea
18 Nov 2021, 14:00 - 15:20 CET


Welcoming message: Martha Rojas Urrego, Secretary General of RAMSAR

Presentations: Pollution across the source-to-sea continuum

Moderator: Sarantuyaa Zandaryaa, Programme Specialist Division of Water Sciences, UNESCO


  • Rüdiger Strempel, Executive Secretary of HELCOM
  • Hans Paerl, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill’s Institute of Marine Sciences
  • Ruth Mathews, Senior Manager SIWI
  • Dr Nonhlanhla Kalebaila, Water Research Council, South Africa
  • Dr. Maria Antonia Tanchuling, Researcher, University of the Phillippines

Panel discussion with audience Q&A

Moderator: Yumiko Yasuda Senior Network and Transboundary Water Cooperation Specialist, GWP

Recommendations and next steps: Jerker Tamelander, Director of Science and Policy of RAMSAR

Closing remarks: Abou Amani Director of Division of Water Sciences, UNESCO