UN ocean conference focused on innovation to stop the rapid decline of ocean health

Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) scientists will play a prominent role at the 2022 United Nations Ocean Conference from 27 June to 1 July in Lisbon, Portugal, in recognition of their expertise and as part of PML’s commitment to support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Sunset image of the Ponte 25 de Abril bridge in Lisbon Portugal with the Tagus river in the foreground

Aimed at seeking science-based and innovative solutions to protect and improve the health of the ocean, the event is being co-hosted by the Governments of Kenya and Portugal with the overall theme of “Scaling up ocean action based on science and innovation for the implementation of Goal 14: stocktaking, partnerships and solutions.”

The Conference’s call for action, in-line with the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, stresses the critical need for scientific knowledge and marine technology to support the effective conservation and sustainable use of the ocean’s resources. The Conference will also underscore the need to harness nature-based solutions including mangroves, salt marsh and seagrass – all of which are known to have major potential to mitigate climate change impacts.

Heads of Government and State, together with leaders from the private sector, the scientific community and other partners, are tasked with “charting a new pathway that will ensure the protection and conservation of the ocean and its resources”.

The conference will comprise eight interactive dialogues with PML’s Director of Science, Professor Stephen Widdicombe, as the Moderator of the Dialogue: “Minimizing and Addressing Ocean Acidification, Deoxygenation and Ocean Warming” co-chaired by senior governmental speakers from USA and Jamaica.

Professor Widdicombe, who is also the Co-Chair of GOA-ON (the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network), is playing a prominent role in further side events including the “Ocean Acidification Research for Sustainability” session on June 29th which will highlight the UN Ocean Decade-endorsed Ocean Acidification Research for Sustainability (OARS) programme.

Plymouth Marine Laboratory, 20 June 2022. Full article.

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