Selvagens Islands is the biggest Marine Protected Area (MPA) of the North Atlantic, with full protection, covering a territory of 2,677 km2, in an area of 12 nautical miles around the Selvagens Islands Nature Reserve.

The reserve has hereby significantly been extended, previously being 94,71 km2. All species in this area are now fully protected against all extractive activities, including but not limited to, fishing and mining.

This milestone poses a huge challenge: financing the necessary resources and infrastructures for assuring an effective protection of Selvagens Islands MPA, while using it as a catalyser for monetising blue economy with sustainable business models that base their competitiveness on a healthy ocean.

In this way, the Presidency of the Regional Government of Madeira, Fórum Oceano, Portuguese Navy, IFCN and Economist Impact's World Ocean Initiative are organizing the «Selvagens Islands MPA: A Catalyser for a Sustainable Blue Economy» conference, which will tackle these issues.

PROGRAMME

15th September

(Savoy Palace - Funchal - Madeira)

9h00
Opening Session
Ruben Eiras, Secretary-general of Fórum Oceano
Susana Prada, Regional Secretary for Environment and Climate Change
José Maria Costa, Secretary of State for Maritime Affairs

09h30
Key note speaker
Peter Thomson, UN Secretary-General Special Envoy for the Ocean

09h50
High Level Roundtable | 50 years of conservation in Selvagens Islands: next challenges of the biggest MPA of the North Atlantic
Paulo Oliveira, IFCN Board Member
Jörg Molzhan, Managing Partner European Mar
Roy Garibaldi, President of Madeira International Business Center
Frédéric Degret, CEO & Founder of NOAH Regen
Miguel Morgado, Head of EIB group representation in Portugal
Zoritsa Urosevic, UN World Tourism Organization Executive Director
Jeroen van de Waal, CEO of The Reef Company
José Manuel Marques, Head of Marine Environment and Sustainability Department
Ruben Eiras, Secretary-general of Fórum Oceano

Moderator
Charles Goddard, Editorial director, Economist Impact

12h00
Final Keynote Speaker
Ana Paula Vitorino, President of Transports and Mobility Authority, former Minister of the Sea of Portugal

12h15
Closing Session
Admiral Gouveia e Melo, Chief of the General Staff of the Navy
Helena Carreiras, Minister of Defence
Miguel Albuquerque, President of the Regional Government of Madeira Autonomous Region

13h00
End of the event

16th September

VIP visit to the Selvagens Islands assured by the Portuguese Navy

SPEAKERS

Helena Carreiras

Minister of Defence

José Maria Costa

Secretary of State for Maritime Affairs

Miguel Albuquerque

President of the Regional Government of Madeira Autonomous Region

Admiral Gouveia e Melo

Chief of the General Staff of the Navy

Susana Prada

Regional Secretary for Environment and Climate Change

Peter Thomson

UN Secretary-General Special Envoy for the Ocean

Ruben Eiras

Secretary-General of Forum Oceano

Ana Paula Vitorino

President of Transports and Mobility Authority, former Minister of the Sea of Portugal

Paulo Oliveira

IFCN Board Member

Zoritsa Urosevic

UN World Tourism Organization Executive Director

Frédéric Degret

CEO & Founder of NOAH Regen

Miguel Morgado

Head of EIB group representation in Portugal

Jörg Molzhan

Managing Partner European Mar

Roy Garibaldi

President of Madeira International Business Center

Jeroen van de Waal

CEO of The Reef Company

José Manuel Marques

Head of Marine Environment and Sustainability Department

Charles Goddard

Editorial director, Economist Impact

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STRATEGIC PARTNERS

UNWTO
NOAH

SPONSORS

EIB
Savoy
AMT
The Reef Company
Euromar
SDM
Hub Azul

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