BLUE OCEAN CONFERENCEhttps://blueoceansconferenceliberia.com/
Background and Brief Description of the Project:The Liberia Ocean Conference is funded by Sida through the Embassy of Sweden in Monrovia, Liberia and implemented by NIRAS Sweden.The Swedish embassy in Monrovia is procuring NIRAS to assist in the organization of the regional conference on Ocean in West Africa. It is an assignment to assist the Embassy of Sweden, Government of Liberia represented by the Liberian maritime Authority (LiMA), the Liberian Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority of Liberia and Conservation International Liberia who are co-hosting the Conference that will be held in March 18-21, 2019 in Monrovia as a follow up to the United Nations Ocean Conference on SDG 14 held in New York in June 2017 and to celebrate the African Union´s “Africa Day of Oceans and Seas – Encouraging Solutions to Marine Environmental Degradation and Sustainable Resource Management”. NIRAS will be supporting design and implementation of the planned conference and will work closely with the conference task force composed of representatives from three Liberian authorities´/-agencies´, Conservation International Liberia and the Embassy of Sweden to create a final theme and a program that fits the priorities of both the Swedish and the Liberian stakeholders.Overall Goal of the Project:The purpose of the regional Oceans Conference is to create awareness of ocean related issues and to find solutions that the region can move forward with and that the expected conference result is a resolution with a plan for how Liberia and the region (West Africa) can move forward with SDG 14 and also other SDGs as for example SDG 1 and 5.The conference has two goals, to follow up the Ocean Conference in New York 2017. The conference should also drive implementation and enable the government and other stakeholders to take responsibility of the ocean outside their coast and achieving SDG 14. The expected conference result is a resolution with a plan for how Liberia and the region can move forward with SDG 14.