Ocean acidification relevant events at COP23

The 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UN Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has begun in Bonn, Germany. Below are events taking place at COP23 which are relevant to the OA community.

Ocean acidification – Linking the ocean with climate protection

Monday, 6 November 2017
14:30 – 15:30
German Pavillon, Bonn Zone

Organizers: Umweltbundesamt (UBA) and Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz, Bau und Reaktorsicherheit (BMUB)

Speakers: Prof. Dr. Ulf Riebesell, GEOMAR; Scott Hook, Pacific Islands Forum; Helge Wendenburg, BMUB
Chair: Dr. Lilian Busse, UBA


Linking the ocean with climate protection – Ocean acidification as a conjunctive matter

Monday, 6 November 2017
15:30 – 16:30
German Pavillon, Bonn Zone

Organizers: Fabian Twerdy

Speakers: Dr. L. Busse, UBA; Dr. H. Wendenburg, BMUB; Prof. U. Riebesell, Biological Oceanography at Geomar


CCS developments towards a 1.5 world; will they help the oceans and Small Island Developing States?

Tuesday, 7 November 2017
11:30 – 13:00
Meeting Room 2

Ocean acidification and the need for CO2 reduction-London Convention’s response, project updates from SECARB and opportunities for tech transfer,CCS on industry including biomass, CCS supporting renewables, CCS infrastructure to achieve 1.5C, how green politicians see the societal case for CCS.

Organizers: Ms. Katherine Romanak, University of Texas at Austin; Mr. Olav Øye, Bellona Foundation; Ms. Judith Shapiro, Carbon Capture and Storage Association

Speakers: Tim Dixon, IEAGHG; Katherine Romanak, University of Texas; David Alexander, Trinidad and Tobago; Geir Lippestad, City of Oslo; Jonas Helseth, Bellona; Carol Turley, PML; Michael Monea, ICKC Canada; Clara Heuberger, Imperial College UK

Ocean Options: Climate challenges & science responses for seas and society

Wednesday, 8 November 2017
14:00 – 15:15
UK Pavilion, Bonn Zone

Rising CO2 is challenging the world’s largest carbon sink and ecosystem – the ocean – and dependent coastal and island communities. Global assessments of ocean warming, acidification, deoxygenation and sea-level rise have identified serious risks to marine ecosystems and associated fisheries, habitat conservation efforts and coastal integrity and subsequently to island and coastal communities, livelihoods and their sustainable development. The ocean is also a source of adaptation and mitigation responses.

The session will showcase how action-driven transdisciplinary science can help understand and manage the pressures placed on the ocean and so improve sustainable development. The panel will discuss the ocean challenges and highlight some of the science responses to them. It will also make recommendations for future UNFCCC actions.

Speakers: Phillip Williamson, University of East Anglia; Carol Turley, Plymouth Marine Laboratory; Tim Dixon, IEAGHG; Ana Queirós, Plymouth Marine Laboratory


From Science to Action, the Ocean and Climate Initiatives Alliance

Friday, 10 November 2017
11:30 – 13:00
French Pavilion , Bonn Zone

Organizer: Ocean and Climate Initiatives Alliance

Moderator: Patricia Ricard (OCP)

Speakers: Peter Thomson, UN Special Envoy for the Ocean; Eric Banel, OCP; Loreley Picoult, OCIA; Hon. Anote Tong, Kiribati; Gonzalo Guaiquil Smoje, Chile; Françoise Gaill, OCP; Vladimir Ryabinin, IOC-UNESCO; Lisa Levin, Scripps; Sylvie Goyet, Pacific Community; Dina Ionesco, IOM; Jenn Phillips, OAA; Nadia Deckert, ICRI; Lisa Svennson, UNEP


“Oceans, Climate and the role of science III: From challenges to solutions”

Friday, 10 November 2017
16:00 – 17:00
EU Pavilion, Bonn Zone

Organizers: DG Mare, European Comission

Speakers: Prof. Ulf Riebesell, GEOMAR;  Dr. Phil Williamson, NERC and University of East Anglia, Prof. Valeriano Parravicini, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Dr. Ana Queiros Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML)

Chair: Prof. Carol Turley, NERC and PML


Ocean Day at COP23 – Science and Oceans: IPCC Report and Other Developments – Workshop 1

Saturday, 11 Nov 2017
11:30 – 13:00
Meeting Room 1

New studies reveal that the ocean is still warming at all depths and that acidification and deoxygenation is occurring faster in some regions than expected. The session is focusing on how can new/coordinated/aligned marine research support ambitious measures in NDCs to limit warming to below 1,5C

Organizer: Mr. Julian Barbiere, United Nations

Speakers: Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary IOC, Hans-Otto Pörtner, Carol Turley, Lisa Levin, Margareth S. Copertino, Suchana Chavanich, Phillip Williamson, Jay Manning


Ocean Day at COP23 – German Science Hour: Our ocean future: marine ecosystems under climate change

Saturday, 11 November
12:30 – 13:30
German Pavillon, Bonn Zone

Organizer: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)

Speakers: Prof. Dr. Ulf Riebesell, GEOMAR; Prof. Dr. Hans-Otto Pörtner, IPCC und Alfred Wegener Institute; Dr. Sebastian Ferse, ZMT; Wilfried Kraus, BMBF

Chair: Conny Czymoch


How to build an Ocean NDC? A Practical guide on ocean resilience

Saturday, 11 Nov 2017
18:30 – 20:00
Meeting Room 12

While most NDCs include ocean-related information, there is need to identify the best tools available to ensure the ocean stays healthy as it continues to be a global climate regulator. The event brings views from science, Parties and NGOs to build a common understanding on the challenges ahead.

Organizers: Dr. Julio Cordano, Government of Chile; Ms. Jacqueline Savitz, Oceana Inc.

Speakers: Government of Chile, Tara Expeditions, Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, Ocean Acidification Alliance


Ocean and climate: A resilient ocean for future generations

Saturday, 11 Nov 2017
18:30 – 20:00
Meeting Room 9

The side event will present actions that countries are taking together with the UN system, to address climate driven multi-stressors impacting ocean health and human resilience, through improvement of scientific capacity, awareness building, innovative GHG mitigation and adaptation strategies.

Organizer: Mr. Julian Barbiere, United Nations

Speakers: Valentina Germani, UN-Oceans; Peter Swarzenski, IAEA; Fanny Douvere, World Heritage Centre UNESCO; Lisa Svensson, UNEP; Deon Terblanche, WMO; Jose Matheickal, IMO; Manuel Barange, FAO; Peter Thomson, UN Special Envoy for the Ocean


Oceans of Impact: climate challenges & science options for seas, society & sustainable development

Sunday, 12 Nov 2017
16:30 – 17:45
WWF Pavilion

Rising CO2 is challenging ocean ecosystems and dependent coastal and island communities. The ocean is also a source of adaptation and mitigation solutions. We showcase how solution-driven science can help understand and manage the pressures placed on the ocean and so improve sustainable development

Organizer: Ms. Thecla Keizer, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Mr. Sylvain Taboni, Fondation BNP Paribas

Speakers: Ronnie Jumeau, Seychelles; Atsushi Sunami, OPRI; Ana Queiros, PML; Vladimir Ryabinin, IOC; David Osborn, IAEA; Carol Turley, NERC; Ulf Riebesell, GEOMAR/BIOACID; Valeriano Parravicini, EPHE

More information.


International Alliance to Combat Ocean Acidification: Protecting Coastal Communities and Livelihoods

Monday, 13 November 2017
15:45 – 16:45
Fijian Pavilion

Building on the ocean action momentum initiated by the COP 23 Presidency, the OA Alliance will host a side event which will focus on 1) growing a global collaborative to combat ocean acidification, 2) Ocean Acidification Action Plans as a vehicle for implementing change and 3) announcements by new members of the OA Alliance.   The event offers a unique opportunity to convene in-depth conversations on ocean acidification between high-level government officials from around the world, from Oregon to Chile to Iceland, including how our members can work to enhance action on ocean acidification (OA) through the UNFCCC.

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