U.S. announcements on ocean-climate action at COP27

Ocean-based climate solutions have a key role in keeping the goal to limit temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius within reach and improving global climate resilience.  On the occasion of the “Oceans and Coastal Zones” thematic day at COP27, the United States highlights the following ocean-climate action.

Developing a National Ocean Acidification Action Plan: The United States announced the commencement of a process to create/develop the United States’ Ocean Acidification Action Plan (OA-AP), with a goal of finalizing it by COP28.  The OA-AP aims to 1) identify U.S. actions that address the root causes of ocean acidification, 2) highlight U.S. leadership and priorities on ocean acidification, 3) illustrate the coordinated approach to OA across U.S. federal, state, and local agencies, 4) identify gaps and opportunities for further action, and 5) serve as a mechanism to promote greater international collaboration among members of the OA Alliance.  The OA-AP will be closely tied to the United States’ Ocean Climate Action Plan, which will guide significant ocean-based climate mitigation and adaptation actions, including on green shipping, ocean-based renewable energy, ocean acidification, and other ocean-related solutions.  Drafting and releasing the U.S. national action plan will provide a model for other members seeking to integrate OA research, monitoring, and adaptation efforts across their governments.

U.S. Department of State, 16 November 2022. More information.

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