Ms. Katherine Kennedy

Ms. Katherine Kennedy |Clyto Access

Blue Ltd. , United Kingdom


Expertise: Aquatic Management, Marine Science


Katherine Kennedy is the founder of Blue Ltd. , an aquatic management consulting practice, Blue Ltd. are expert practitioners in climate adaptation andsustainable blue growth and have growing portfolio of work on marine science impact and knowledge transfer. Prior to establishing Blue Ltd, Katherine was Director of the Strategic Development Programme at Cefas, the UK Marine Agency. Katherine led the design and development of the award winning UK Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership and technical reporting to 1st Marine Plan Area selection in England. She has worked on marine environmental and regulatory capacity building with the Kuwait EPA, and national capacity building for climate risk management in Gambia. She recently completed a project with partners on the ocean governance aspects of seaweed farming in Malaysia and the UK. Katherine serves on the Audit and Risk Committee of the UK Chartered Institute of Ecology & Environmental Management (CIEEM) and is currently studying for a Masters in Conflictology on the UNITAR Peacekeeping Training Program.



Title: Future seas – Innovative planning tools for sustainable Blue Growth


Our marine environment is changing;marine climate change has multiple impacts upon fisheries, contaminant fate, rising sea levels and many human activities. People are relying more and more upon the marine environment for livelihoods.  The Blue Growth agenda is a potential game changer role for many nations and coastal communities. Is it really possible to maintain clean, healthy and functioning seas whilst also striving for large-scale marine economic growth? Can this be achieved in the face of a changing climate with the potential for mass human migration and a likely increasing reliance upon marine common property resources? Marine science and technology has a fundamental role to play in assisting us to plan for the future of our seas. This presentation will explore the strengths and weaknesses of the Blue Growth agenda. It will provide some insight into methods and initial results on a 100 year Blue Futures project in the southern North Sea*, using novel spatial zoning techniques, scenarios and futures analysis. This work has been developed in dialogue with wide ranging groups of industry, public sector and NGO stakeholders and the project team has worked hard to transcend the arts / science interface in engagement process design. In presenting initial findings the presentation will explore the relevance and potential roll out of project methods more widely and pose questions about the collective responsibility of future marine industry, science and technology and whether weare able to achieve equity in formulating decisions regarding future ocean health and economic development?


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