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Ocean Policy to Strengthen the Resilience of Marine Ecosystems

Date & Time

Jun. 6, 2023
9:30am – 11:00am ET


6th Floor Flom Auditorium, Woodrow Wilson Center
and Online


Overfishing, pollution, coastal development, and a changing climate are all increasing pressures on vulnerable marine ecosystems and the communities that depend on them. There is growing urgency for the US and partners to take steps today to strengthen the long-term resilience of marine ecosystems.

On June 6th, the Wilson Center, World Wildlife Fund, and ICCF hosted a panel of experts on efforts to build and enhance policies that address the pressures compromising the health of our ocean.


Will Gartshore

Will Gartshore

Senior Director of Policy and Government Affairs, World Wildlife Fund
Ryan Houlihan

Ryan Houlihan

Senior Policy Lead for Plastics Policy, World Wildlife Fund
Rebecca Pincus picture

Rebecca Pincus

Director, Polar Institute
Delbert Pungowiyi

Delbert Pungowiyi

Alaska Tribal Leader, Sivungaq, Sivuqaq (St. Lawrence Island)
Carolyn Weis

Carolyn Weis

Program Director, International Conservation Caucus Foundation and Oceans Caucus Foundation  

Hosted By

Environmental Change and Security Program

The Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) explores the connections between environmental change, health, and population dynamics and their links to conflict, human insecurity, and foreign policy.  Read more

Latin America Program

The Wilson Center’s prestigious Latin America Program provides non-partisan expertise to a broad community of decision makers in the United States and Latin America on critical policy issues facing the Hemisphere. The Program provides insightful and actionable research for policymakers, private sector leaders, journalists, and public intellectuals in the United States and Latin America. To bridge the gap between scholarship and policy action, it fosters new inquiry, sponsors high-level public and private meetings among multiple stakeholders, and explores policy options to improve outcomes for citizens throughout the Americas. Drawing on the Wilson Center’s strength as the nation’s key non-partisan policy forum, the Program serves as a trusted source of analysis and a vital point of contact between the worlds of scholarship and action.  Read more

Polar Institute

Since its inception in 2017, the Polar Institute has become a premier forum for discussion and policy analysis of Arctic and Antarctic issues, and is known in Washington, DC and elsewhere as the Arctic Public Square. The Institute holistically studies the central policy issues facing these regions—with an emphasis on Arctic governance, climate change, economic development, scientific research, security, and Indigenous communities—and communicates trusted analysis to policymakers and other stakeholders.  Read more

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