Taking action against ocean acidification

A review of management and policy options

4, rue de Chevreuse
75006 Paris
Tuesday 18th of December 2012

12h30 – 14h30, Reid Hall – Grande salle, 4 rue de Chevreuse 75006 Paris


Ocean acidification has emerged over the last two decades as one of the largest threats to marine organisms and ecosystems. However, most research efforts have so far neglected management and related policy issues to focus instead on understanding the ecological and biogeochemical implications of ocean acidification. This shortfall will be addressed in this presentation with a systematic, international and critical review of management and policy options. In particular, it will investigate the assumption that fighting acidification is mainly, but not only, about reducing CO2 emissions, and will explore the leeway that this emerging issue may open in old environmental issues. It will review four groups of management responses: preventing ocean acidification; strengthening ecosystem resilience; adapting human activities; and repairing damages. By connecting and comparing options between them, it will attempt to classify them, in a qualitative way, according to their desirability and feasibility. It will then discuss the appropriateness of existing legal frameworks and policies to address this emerging issue.


  • Raphaël Billé Directeur du programme Biodiversité et Coordinateur de l’équipe Adaptation au changement climatique
  • Jean-Pierre Gattuso est directeur de recherche CNRS au Laboratoire d’océanographie de Villefranche
  •  Ryan Kelly is an Analyst for Science, Law, and Policy with Stanford University’s Center for Ocean Solutions

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