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The ADB Healthy Oceans Tech and Finance Forum, to be held on 26-28 January 2022, aims to promote and share innovative technologies, good practices, case studies, and practical solutions to protect and enhance the health and resilience of ocean ecosystems and coastal communities in the region.


The three-day forum will cover 4 thematic tracks: (1) Plastic-Free Oceans, (2) Coastal Resilience, (3) Ocean Finance, and (4) Blue Foods. The program will include talks by ocean champions, seaside conversations with ADB management, and special spotlight sessions. Deep dives under each thematic track will feature ocean science, innovation, and technologies along with traditional and approaches and solutions (including low-technology and indigenous knowledge) that have potential for scale-up.


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An interactive virtual expo will showcase technology solutions for enhancing ocean health from businesses, research institutes and international and local organizations. All-day networking opportunities will be provided.


This is a flagship event under the ADB Action Plan for Healthy Oceans and Sustainable Blue Economies, launched in 2019, which aims to increase ocean investments and technical assistance to developing member countries.


The ADB Healthy Oceans Tech and Finance Forum aims to:

  • Promote knowledge sharing on innovation, technology, and financing needs and solutions to protect and enhance ocean health
  • Identify how technology and innovation can accelerate the transition to and growth of sustainable blue economies; and
  • Facilitate partnerships to increase ocean investments in Asia and the Pacific.


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Wednesday, January 26, 2022  Expand
Day 1 9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Opening Plenary with ADB Vice-President Bambang Susantono, including a keynote speech by WorldFish Global Lead for Nutrition and Public Health Dr. Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted, and a panel discussion 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Deep Dive 2.1 Corals and Shellfish: Restoring and Enhancing Reef Communities​ 10:20 AM - 12:00 PM

Deep Dive 3.1 The Seafloor: Setting the Foundation for Ocean Finance 10:20 AM - 12:00 PM

Deep Dive 4.1 The Catch: Securing Sustainable and Diverse Supplies of Blue Aquatic Foods from Wild Fisheries and Aquaculture 10:20 AM - 12:00 PM

Deep Dive 1.1 Circling Back: A Back-to-Basics Course on Circular Plastics Economy 10:20 AM - 12:00 PM

Deep Dive 2.2 Wetland Rehabilitation: Protecting Coasts and Supporting Livelihoods 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Deep Dive 3.2 The Whale: Are Blue Bonds the Charismatic Megafauna of Ocean Finance? 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Deep Dive 4.2 The Consumer: Enhancing the Benefits of Blue Aquatic Foods for Human Nutrition and Health 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Deep Dive 1.2 From Source to Sea: Promoting Circular Economy Solutions to Reduce Marine Plastic Pollution 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Deep Dive 2.3 Flood Risk Management Using Nature-Based Solutions 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Spotlight Session: Resilient Aquatic Food Systems for Healthy People and Environment in Asia and the Pacific 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Spotlight Session: Ocean and Coastal Tourism: Changing the Tide on Sustainability 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Deep Dive 1.3 Message in a Bottle-to-Bottle: Scaling Up Investments in High-Quality Recycling 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Thursday, January 27, 2022  Expand
Day 2 9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Second Day Plenary: Gab Mejia, Conservation Photographer and National Geographic Explorer 9:00 AM - 9:20 AM

Deep Dive 1.4 Circularity: Innovation for Plastic Waste Prevention 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Deep Dive 2.4 Into the Blue: Maximizing Impact through Data and Planning Tools 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Deep Dive 3.3 The Pearl: Identifying and Accelerating Bankable Ocean Projects 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Deep Dive 4.3 The Climate: Ensuring the Contribution of Blue Aquatic Foods to Climate Resilience, Nature and Biodiversity 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Deep Dive 2.5 For Shore: Solutions to Stabilize Sandy Foreshores 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Deep Dive 1.5 Better Together: Innovating Socially Inclusive Waste Management Systems 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Deep Dive 4.4 The Community: Creating Opportunities for Women and Small-Scale Actors in Blue Aquatic Foods 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Deep Dive 3.4 The Surfer: Harnessing Ocean ​Risk to Innovate Ocean Finance: The Case for Parametric Insurance 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Seaside Chat with Ahmed M. Saeed, ADB Vice-President (Operations 2) 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

ASEAN Catalytic Green Finance Facility Special Session: “Financing the Ocean Back to Health in Southeast Asia: Approaches to Mainstreaming Blue Finance” book launch 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Spotlight Session: Finance and Tech for Accelerating Community-Based Natural Solutions to Climate Change 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Spotlight Session: Using Marine Renewable Energy for a Just Transition to a Regenerative Blue Economy 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Spotlight Session: SME BlueImpact  Asia: Financing Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises that Dominate the Blue Economy 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Friday, January 28, 2022  Expand
Day 3 9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Circular Plastics Economy Clinic 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Spotlight Session: Sustainable Ocean Plans: Embarking on the Journey toward a Sustainable Ocean Economy 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Virtual Booth Spotlight: Plastic-Free Oceans by Ministry of Environment, Government of Japan 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Virtual Booth Spotlight: Coastal Resilience by Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Virtual Booth Spotlight: Blue Foods by The Nature Conservancy 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Spotlight Session: Green Ports and Shipping 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Spotlight Session: Financing Sustainable Aquaculture 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Spotlight Session: Sustainable Nitrogen Management for Healthy Oceans, Environment, and Economy 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Closing Plenary: Bruno Carrasco, ADB Director General and concurrently Chief Compliance Officer of the Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

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