The roles and responsibilities of coastal towns and cities

During this session, we will focus on why it is important for cities to engage in a subject such as ocean literacy.

We will discuss:

  • In what way can a city facilitate and provide the conditions needed for an activity such as ocean literacy?
  • What benefits can ocean literacy give a coastal city like Malmö?
  • How can a city implement ocean literacy in the ordinary work of the city?
  • How do we utilize knowledge about the sea and the coast and how this can affect city planning

Session program

14.30 Welcome to the session


14.35 Ocean Literacy in daily city operations

Åke Hesslekrans, Architect and Lars Böhme, Landscape architect, City planning Office of Malmö City

15.00 Ocean Literacy in Swakopmund, Namibia

Andre Plaatije, acting GM, Corporate Service & Human Resources in Swakopmund Municipality

15.25 Why not an Ocean Literacy center in Malmö?

Magnus Metz, Development Strategist, Cultural Department of Malmö City

15.50 Billion Oyster Project: Engaging a city in the restoration of a keystone species

Peter Malinowski, Executive Director, Billion Oyster Project in New York City

16.15 Working together to increase understanding of ocean-related issues in local development work

Steve Gawler, Regional Director, ICLEI Oceania (via link)