Angelique Pouponneau

      Angelique has always had a passion for advancing the sustainable use and conservation of our oceans. She was born and grew up in a fishing district, Bel Ombre, in Seychelles where she gained a firsthand perspective on the critical importance to preserve marine resources.

      Angelique is a lawyer (Seychelles and UK) and she holds an LLM in Environmental law specializing in the law of the sea and natural resources law. Also, Angelique is a trained climate change negotiator under the AOSIS Climate Change Fellowship Programme at the United Nations.

      Angelique has worked in different countries in the Caribbean, Pacific and the Indian Ocean on a wide-range of projects relating sustainable fisheries, sustainable management of marine biodiversity within and beyond national jurisdiction, and climate change, in particular, climate adaptation and climate finance. Further, she served as a legal expert of the African Group of Sixth Committee in works of oceans and law of the sea at the United Nations.

      Moreover, Angelique has experience working with civil society as a co-founder for a not-for-profit organization in Seychelles and a Board member of a Commonwealth-wide youth-led organization.


      Benoît Bosquet is Director for Environment and Natural Resources at the World Bank.

      Prior to this he was the Practice Manager for Environment and Natural Resources in West and Central Africa and the Indian Ocean islands. He has coordinated global partnerships for climate change mitigation, including the Prototype Carbon Fund, BioCarbon Fund and Forest Carbon Partnership Facility. As a Task Team Leader he managed projects in Costa Rica and Mexico.

      He has lived in Russia and Madagascar, and has 25 years of experience working on environmental protection, natural resource management and humanitarian relief in developing countries and emerging economies (mostly in Africa, Europe and Central Asia, and Latin America).

      Benoît Bosquet is Belgian. He holds an M.A. in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and a Ph.D. in Environmental Policy from the University of Maryland.

      Swedish Agency

      Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management (SwAM)´s new international development program constitutes a significant component of Sweden´s policy work for global development and work on the international dimensions of Agenda 2030. The aim is that marine protection should be implemented to achieve not only the SDG goal of enhanced marine protection (within SDG 14) but also other goals such as poverty reduction (SDG 1), no hunger (SDG 2) and equal rights (SDG 5). Management of marine protected areas is one of the main focus areas in the program as Sweden has solid competence and experiences in implementing an adaptive and ecosystem-based management of MPAs, based on the Malawi Principles.

      The presentation with give a short summary of Sweden´s ongoing work with establishing a framework that supports an adaptive and ecosystem-based approach to management of marine protected areas. The method, Open standards for Conservation, supports an action-oriented and adaptive management approach. It involves setting relevant conservation objectives and indicators for priority conservation values and human wellbeing as well as setting targets for reducing threats, and identifying relevant strategies to address these threats. The methodology can also be used as a tool to facilitate and coordinate dialogues between different stakeholders and actors. It is a management methodology that fits well within open dynamic systems such as oceans.

      Ocean governance

      Ocean governance is shifting from strictly sector based to more holistic cross-sectorial management. More and more countries across the globe implement Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) as a spatially defined strategic planning instrument. Marine spatial plans show the political ambition for human use of different areas in the sea, from coastal waters through the exclusive economic zone. This may include areas with priority for shipping, energy extraction, aquaculture, fishing, tourism, and marine conservation. MSP serves to illustrate a common path towards the future and holds great potential to balance gains in the blue economy with the necessary social and environmental consideration.

      With marine spatial plans, investors in the blue economy gain insight into future directions and ambitions, which lowers investment risks and increases predictability and transparency. Ecosystem-based MSP enables the integration of conservation and socio-economic aspects into development plans. Cumulative impact assessment in MSP further strengthens the ability to weigh in environmental concerns, so that human activities are guided to areas where impact is within the frames of ecological function.

      Ercílio Chauque

      Ercilio, has 8 years of experience in the non-profit sector, his studying applied ecology at Unilurio’s Science Faculty.

      His interest in Community and Social Work has developed over several years, specifically through working on community based conservation in Cabo Delgado Province. As project coordinator for the Our Sea Our Life project, he helped the creation and legalization of six community fishing councils and the development of five Locally Managed Marine Areas - LMMA in Palma and Mocimboa da Praia Districts, benefiting both (Biodiversity and Communities). Through this project he worked with a total of 1,400 direct beneficiaries. These people benefited from at least one of the project activities (marine resource management training and capacity development; VSLA; enterprise support; access to incentives for marine resource management). This action has established 600ha of co-managed marine and coastal area that can be sustained beyond the life of the project. 

      Working on no-profit organization have given him the capacity and confidence to work with people from a variety of social backgrounds. He believes that through these different activities he has shown himself to be capable of organizing his time effectively and using his initiative to come up with original ideas. 

      He assumes as one of his current subjects of interests, the introduction of co-management approaches on natural (marine) resources management, implementing new experiences on community based conservation, particularly the creation of a LMMA network in Mozambique.