Beveridge & Diamond

Beveridge & Diamond Participates as Founding Member of Landmark Sustainable Ocean Summit

Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., June 18, 2010

Beveridge & Diamond, a founding member of the World Ocean Council, participated this week in the Council’s inaugural Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS) in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The World Ocean Council is the international, cross-sectoral industry alliance for private sector leadership and collaboration in ocean stewardship.

With the theme of “Reducing Risk, Increasing Sustainability: Solutions through Collaboration”, the SOS covered a range of ocean stewardship issues including marine spatial planning, the Arctic, biodiversity, marine debris, and sound in the marine environment.

Over 150 members of the ocean business community met in nearly 20 international marine related business groups to consider areas of common concern. The SOS also included the first international industry seminar on marine spatial planning. Participants from around the world learned about the growing efforts to address multiple uses of the ocean through this approach, and encouraged the World Ocean Council to work with ocean industries to better understand and engage in marine spatial planning.

Karen Hansen, a B&D Principal, chaired a panel on managing risk and uncertainty in ocean environmental issues. "The Sustainable Ocean Summit represents an important catalyst for industry participation in the growing global commitment to ocean sustainability,” said Hansen. “The businesses involved in the event had an unprecedented opportunity to share ideas and aspirations on business involvement in the processes and decisions on balancing society’s interests and needs for use of ocean resources, globally and locally.”

For more information about the summit, visit this page. For more information about B&D's oceans and coastal law practice, please see, or contact Karen Hansen at, (202) 789-6056 or Russ LaMotte at, (202) 789-6080.