Seminar discusses sustainable use of oceans

An event organized by the Norwegian Consulate General in Shanghai, the Norwegian Embassy in Beijing and local partners focused on ocean ecology.
Seminar discusses sustainable use of oceans
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Zhou Meng, chair professor and dean at Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Oceanography, gives a speech at the seminar.

Sustainable use of the world's oceans was discussed by Chinese and Norwegian representatives at a seminar in Shanghai on Thursday.

The event was organized by the Norwegian Consulate General in Shanghai, the Norwegian Embassy in Beijing and local partners.

In her speech, Ji Miaoyi, deputy director of the marine planning division, marine strategic planning and economy department at China’s Ministry of Natural Resources, said the government will work toward better integrated sea management by bridging administrative and industrial gaps, with one of the major efforts to integrate marine space planning.

In China, 70 percent of all wind power is installed on the intertidal zone in Jiangsu Province, and a part of the zone was a habitat for migrating birds from Siberia. Ji said the effort will enable more ecological planning of industrial development and better protection of nature.

Zhou Meng, chair professor and dean at Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Oceanography, recently completed a first Norwegian Sea research cruise with 10 of his colleagues from April 27 to May 12. Next year researchers from Norway will come to explore the South China Sea.

“Marine ecosystems around the world are under threat from a growing number of anthropogenic stressors with influences on coastal communities,” he said. “We must take a holistic and systematic approach to study the similarities and differences among different ecosystems and find solutions.”

Wang Yanguo, vice president of CSSC Cruise Technology Development Co, said his company is building more eco-friendly ships and expects to collaborate with Norwegian partners on environmental standards and shipbuilding technologies.

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