Ocean Acidification at Rio+20 preparatory negotiations

Scott Doney and Sarah Cooley, both OCB scientists and Project Office staff members at WHOI, recently spoke at the United Nations as part of the informal negotiations on the zero draft of the outcome document for the Rio+20 Earth Summit, to be held in Rio de Janeiro on June 20-22, 2012.

Doney spoke at a side event organized by the Global Ocean Forum, IOC-UNESCO, and the Permanent UN Missions of Seychelles and Fiji, emphasizing the role of science in considering ocean acidification. He underscored the importance of increased coastal monitoring for ocean acidification-related parameters, data synthesis, and development of adaptation strategies for coastally dependent human communities. A summary of this event can be found here.

Cooley spoke at a side event organized by the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Permanent UN Mission of the Principality of Monaco, describing how the effects of ocean acidification on marine life could have profound follow-on effects for marine ecosystems and the human communities that depend on them. These effects could be especially severe for island nations, which have fewer resources for harvesting high-quality protein, and both island and developing nations, which often derive significant economic benefits from exporting marine products. An article was published in Grist magazine about this event.

OCB Newsletter 5(2): 13. Newsletter.

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