Aaron Eger, who also represented the newly formed Kelp Forest Alliance, had a close eye on ecosystem restoration throughout the event. He found it a “promising first step” in the drive to restore marine ecosystems, saying, “There was some exciting activity about restoration, but there is a need for a lot more growth in the area and stronger governmental and inter-governmental commitments.”
“The significance of ecosystem restoration is also represented by the UN Decade for Ecosystem Restoration and will become an increasingly important part of the global dialogue,” said Aaron.
A highlight of the conference for Aaron was the Forgotten Forests side event.
“We organised this event with the local Cascais municipality, who are leading by example and working with scientists and artists to restore kelp forests in their marine backyard and help re-connect people to the ocean”.
To round out her experience Charlotte said, “The ocean connects us all, and really can become a model for how we manage shared resources into the future.”
“I am hopeful we will begin to see the fruits of these discussions play out leading up to 2030.”