1.  Address the underlying causes of biodiversity loss by mainstreaming biodiversity across government and society;
  2. Reduce the direct pressures on biodiversity and promote sustainable use;
  3. To improve the status of biodiversity by safeguarding ecosystems, species and genetic diversity;
  4. Enhance the benefits to all from biodiversity and ecosystem services and;
  5. Enhance implementation through participatory planning, knowledge management and capacity building.


The 4th WCMB will ‘connect’ scientists with decision and policy makers, NGOs and industry in order to:


  • Review current knowledge of marine biodiversity and its role in marine ecosystem function and services;
  • Assess past, present, and future critical threats to marine systems and consider management strategies;
  • Encourage inter-disciplinary discussions among researchers, policy makers, NGOs and industry;
  • Discuss sustainable development in the context of biodiversity;
  • Identify future research and policy priorities


Within the specific conferences themes described below we will cover broad areas of current marine biodiversity research and policy challenges, as well as the five strategic ‘Aichi’ goals described above. The Scientific Committee will build a program over the next year that will incorporate emerging issues and identify invited keynote speakers to review the state-of-the-art of some of the specific themes.

4th World Conference on Marine Biodiversity

May 13-16, 2018 |  Montréal, Québec, Canada

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