Ocean acidification-relevant side events at the UNFCCC COP22, November 2016, Marrakech, Morocco

“Changing oceans and seas around the world: implications for mitigation and adaptation”

Wednesday, 9 November 2016, 10:30-12:00, EU Pavilion – Room Brussels, Area D, Blue zone

Recent assessments of ocean warming, acidification, deoxygenation and sea-level rise identified serious risks to marine ecosystems, fisheries, and coastal livelihoods and infrastructure. The Paris Agreement recognised the ocean and its ecosystems and the need to ensure their integrity and protect their biodiversity. A panel of international experts (involved in UN assessment reports, and national, EU, international and intergovernmental programmes) will provide an integrated and updated perspective on the climate related changes, risks and projections for both natural and human ocean systems and make mitigation and adaptation recommendations for future UNFCCC processes.

Organised by Plymouth Marine Laboratory; contact – Thecla Keizer, tke(at)pml.ac.uk.

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“SDG14: Oceans: Science based solutions for achieving adaptation and mitigation goals”
Wednesday, 9 November 2016, 13:15—14:45,

This side event will highlight how the UN system assists States in the implementation of the Paris Agreement, considering NDCs and related SDGs by, inter alia, building capacity and opportunities for adaptation, and maximizing the role of oceans and related activities for mitigation. 

Organizer: United Nations (UN) Oceans; point of contact: Ms. Lisa Emelia Svensson (lisa.svensson(at)unep.org)


“Climate readiness Ocean based adaptation and mitigation”
Thursday, 10 November 2016, 15:30-16:30, UK Pavilion, Green Zone
A panel discussion on the current and future potential role of the ocean in adaptation and mitigation of climate change and potential uncertainties. These include protection, expansion and location of marine carbon sinks (blue carbon), use of small scale algal farming to enhance local fishers’ adaptive capacity to ocean acidification, large scale capture and storage of CO2 in strata below the seabed and how the ocean could be impacted by global warming reduction methodology. The panel will discuss potential for maladaptation and need for transdisciplinary science based decisions.
Panel presentations will be followed by an open discussion with the audience.
Organizer: Plymouth Marine Laboratory; contact – Thecla Keizer, tke(at)pml.ac.uk
“An African perspective: changing oceans, the impact on society and the need for solutions, planning and implementation”
Friday, 11 November 20116, 11:00-12.30, Green Zone
African event organized by the Egyptian Ministry of High Education and Scientific Research in cooperation with Plymouth Marine Laboratory.
“Science for informed mitigation and adaptation choices”
Friday, 11 November 2016, 13:15 – 14:45
This side event will present different examples of how science can support and provide essential data to inform choices on adaptation and mitigation at different levels (international, national and local), focusing also on the need for adequate interpretation of scientific notions and channels of communication if it is to be acted upon by policy makers and other actors (including communities). Most importantly, scientific information needs to meet the need of different actors and therefore not be stand-alone, but rather as a service to empower decision-making.

These topics will be discussed through an interactive session where invited speakers will share their experiences in relation to:

  • How the observation and analysis of atmospheric GHG concentration will support mitigation choices?
  • How the reduction of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere will be crucial to limited serious impacts on the environment, including the oceans?
  • How climate services can help and support local communities and economies to strengthen their resilience to climate change and its impacts on ecosystem services (e.g. food security) at the level where decisions are needed?

Organizers: Co-leads – WMO, IAEA, FAO, WFP; Contributors – IOC-UNESCO, UNEP; point of contact: Deon E Terblanche (dterblanche(at)wmo.int)

“Avoiding irreversible ocean and polar thresholds – raising ambition for 2018 Facilitative Dialogues”
Friday, 11 November 2016, 18:30-20:00, Mediterranean Room, Blue Zone
The side event will discuss the risks of irreversible changes to oceans and cryosphere and will address the current NDCs in the context of building on the Paris Agreement. It will end with a Q&A session and panel discussion.
Organizers: Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), Carol Turley, +44-7818-402632, ct(at)pml.ac.uk; International Cryosphere Climate Initiative (ICCI). Svante Bodin, +46-722-350878, svante(at)iccinet.org
Further information on the UNFCCC COP22 can be found here.

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