Ocean and climate synergies: ocean warming and sea-level rise recommendations

Summary

This policy brief provides an overview of the major impacts of climate change on the ocean in the Asia-Pacific region, focusing on ocean warming, sea-level rise and acidification. The policy brief brings together recommendations for better policymaking in ocean and climate synergies for sustainable development.

Policy pointers

  • Urge all member States to step up national efforts to join international efforts to restore the environment. Better adaptation and mitigation efforts can be aided by increased regional collaboration through treaties and conventions.
  • Invest in research and development to plan different strategies to adapt to sea-level rise, fish migration and extreme weather events. For instance, investing in blue carbon.
  • Conduct assessments on sea-level rise, especially in low-lying coastal zones and small island developing states (SIDS), to prepare evacuation plans and strategies to prevent international migration and internal displacement.
  • Increase the adaptive capacity of fisherfolks through early warning systems and satellite technologies.
  • Encourage partnerships between the government, the private sector, and all stakeholders to respond to climate change impacts.

Mathew D. & Karmel M. E. R., 2022. Ocean and climate synergies: ocean warming and sea-level rise recommendations. United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). Report.


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