EU side event at Rio+20: Hot, Sour and Breathless – Ocean Under Stress: consequences for sustainable development and resource provision for human communities

This side-event involves a partnership between EC and intergovernmental, international and national research projects, institutions, organisations and NGOs. Language will be English, although the short film will have subtitles in Brazilian Portuguese. It will address the major ocean stressors of ocean warming, acidification and deoxygenation, how this might impact sustainable development, resource provision for human communities and what science and society can do to assess vulnerable communities and to build resilience.

Agenda:

EU Side Event, EU Pavilion, Rio+20, 1700-1900hrs 18 June

Hot, Sour and Breathless – Ocean Under Stress: consequences for sustainable development and resource provision for human communities

Target audience: Policy- and decision makers, Rio+20 delegates, international NGOs, businesses, national, international and intergovernmental research organisations, Civil Society Organisations.

Session Chair: Dr Carol Turley (PML, EPOCA, MedSeA and UKOA)

17:00 – 17:10 Director Manuela Soares (European Commission, DG Research and Innovation, Environment Directorate). EU funded research for ocean sustainability

17:10 – 17:25 Ocean Acidification: Connecting science, industry, policy and public (PML) a film in English with Brazilian Portuguese subtitles

17:25 – 17:40 Dr. Jacqueline Alder (Head Marine and Coastal Environment, UNEP) Why marine and coastal zones matter

17:40 – 17:55 Dr Carol Turley (PML, EPOCA, MedSeA and UKOA). Ocean acidification, warming and deoxygenation and their potential consequences on sustainable development and resource provision for human communities.

17:55 – 18:10 Dr Richard Feely (NOAA Ocean Acidification Research Programme and member of the EPOCA International Advisory Board). Why the world needs international coordination of ocean acidification research and observation.

18:10 – 18:25 Dr Wendy Watson-Wright (Assistant Director-General UNESCO, Executive Secretary IOC). Strengthening the science-policy interface for ocean sustainability

18:25 – 18:35 Ambassador Marlene Moses (Chair of AOSIS) Building marine ecosystem resilience to ocean acidification

18:35 – 19:00 Panel Discussion


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