November 21, 2014
Beckman Center of the National Academy of Sciences and Engineering
100 Academy Way, Irvine, CA 92617 (directions)
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
This will be the sixteenth program in the “Toward a Sustainable 21st Century” series addressing major unsolved sustainability challenges of global society. The underlying problems confronted across the domains of this conference are particularly daunting:
• World population is expected to increase from its over 7 billion today to at least 9 billion by 2050.
• 1 billion people in the developing world depend on the world’s fisheries for their source of vital protein.
• The broad trends are well known: declines in fish size and availability in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres raise the specter of food insecurity on a global scale.
• In addition to the over exploitation of fisheries, the world’s ability to produce food is negatively impacted by growing competition for energy, land and water.
• The productivity of the world’s oceans is already stressed beyond the pressure on global fisheries by toxic contamination, increasing organic pollution, the degradation of coastal waters, and the effects of climate change.
This conference will address the topic across the domains of the urgency of the problem, defining the underlying science, presenting challenges of law and governance, and imperatives for action.
For speakers and conference agenda, click here.