Ocean acidification tackled at the “Our Ocean” Conference, Chile, 5-6 October 2015

On October 5 and 6, 2015, Chile will host the second “Our Ocean” conference (Our Ocean/Nuestro Oceáno – Chile 2015) at the Sheraton Miramar Hotel in the Region of Valparaiso.

More than 400 leaders from government, academia, and civil society who are committed to protecting the ocean will participate, including Secretary of State of the United States John Kerry, and Prince Albert of Monaco. “We don’t want empty speeches. We want voluntary commitments to concretely protect biodiversity,” assured the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Heraldo Muñoz.

The goal is to find solutions to deal with illegal fishing, marine plastic pollution, ocean acidification and its relation to climate change. Moreover, the conference seeks to encourage the creation of marine protected areas as a tool to protect the marine ecosystem.

With regards to ocean acidification, the goal of the Our Ocean Conference is to discuss and make progress in the creation of an International web of monitoring on this phenomenon, and to adopt plans and measures to reduce ocean acidification. As such, measures must be directed towards mitigation plans as well as on the ecological and societal impacts that may arise as a result of ocean acidification. (…)

In addition to the main conference, parallel events will be held at the Congress building and at the Federico Santa María Technical University.

The Ocean Acidification international Reference User Group (OAiRUG) decided to launch their newest document entitled «Acting on Ocean Acidification: Improving prospects by planning ahead» during the conference. The document calls for an ocean acidification forecasting system through appropriate modelling exercises and a global monitoring network. It also emphasizes the importance of high-quality scientific research and knowledge acquisition, as well as comprehensive communication and outreach strategies. Click here to view the document.

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