Rare at the 2023 Our Ocean Conference     Our Ocean Conference Panama logo.

March 2-3, Panama

The Our Ocean Conference is an international gathering of national governments, international organizations, and ocean advocates making commitments to support tangible progress toward a healthier ocean. The conference was started by former US Secretary of State John Kerry in 2014.

This year’s conference takes place in the wake of the historic Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) signed last December in Montreal at the UN Conference (COP15) of the Convention on Biodiversity. The GBF included the target of protecting 30 percent of the world’s land and water by 2030, known as 30×30. Rare’s delegation to Our Ocean will highlight why focusing on the coastal, territorial seas is critical to achieving 30×30 while also meeting the needs of local communities who depend on nature for food and livelihoods.


The Case for the Territorial Seas

They take up just 6% of the ocean but are home to over 70% of its biodiversity.

A Changing Tide

In Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia, a story of hope from the frontlines of climate change.

Looking ahead to Panama, Reflections from Honduras

Caleb McClennen, PhD is headed to Panama fresh off his first visit to the region as president of Rare. Read about his trip to Honduras.

The Coastal 500

Meet the global network of mayors committed to thriving coastal communities and healthy coastal waters.


Events at Our Ocean

Local Governments and Small-Scale Fisheries: Fostering Partnership for Co-Management  (Official Side Event)

Thursday, March 3 – 12:35 -13:25 @ Panama Convention Center—Caribbean Room 4 (Salon Caribe 4)

This session will convene mayors and local government leaders, members of Coastal 500, from around the world as they tackle the challenges and rewards of working with their communities to revive and sustain their coastal waters.

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Our Resources

Pathways to Establishing Managed Access and Networks of Reserves
Coastal and Marine Ecosystems as Nature-based Solutions
Benefits of measurable population connectivity metrics for area-based marine management

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