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Ocean acidification – how do we respond?

Ocean acidification is progressively affecting the structure and function of entire ecosystems, and is recognised as a threat to the economy particularly shellfish and fisheries sectors. This workshop provides an interactive opportunity for key Scottish stakeholders to learn about potential effects, to collectively consider possible response options and to exchange experience with Norwegian representatives.

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Call for applications: Ocean acidification workshop for Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region – developing regional capacity for ocean observations in support of SDG target 14.3

Deadline for applications: 22 September 2017

WIOMSA in collaboration with Future Earth Coasts, the Nairobi Convention, Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON), IAEA Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre (OA-ICC), and IOC-UNESCO are organizing “Ocean Acidification workshop – developing regional capacity for ocean observations in support of SDG target 14.3” that will be held from 27-28 October 2017 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The workshop will serve a diverse range of stakeholders, including scientists, policymakers, and those dependent on living marine resources. The ultimate goal of this workshop will be to align the objectives of diverse stakeholders to promote ocean acidification research and monitoring, in support of SDG target 14.3 to foster links and promote data collection and experimentation in support of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 14.3, “minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels.” The workshop will also address the relevancy and linkages between SDG target 14.3 with other SDG goals, targets and indicators.

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Ocean acidification awareness day (video)

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Supporting the International Alliance to Combat Ocean Acidification

As a founding partner of the International Alliance to Combat Ocean Acidification (OA Alliance), Ocean Conservancy commits to supporting new and current members of the OA Alliance in their efforts to tackle ocean acidification. The OA Alliance is a network of governments and affiliate members (NGOs, universities, businesses, and associations) responding to the threats of ocean acidification and changing ocean conditions. OA Alliance members have agreed to take meaningful actions within their jurisdiction to develop Ocean Acidification Action Plans that assist in the implementation of UN SDG 14.3 by advancing the following five goals:

1. Advance scientific understanding of ocean acidification.
2. Take meaningful actions to reduce causes of acidification.
3. Protect the environment and coastal communities from impacts of a changing ocean.
4. Expand public awareness and understanding of acidification.
5. Build sustained support for addressing this global problem.

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Lectures tackle global poverty, ocean acidification

Amy Smith, senior lecturer and director of D-Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will speak in the Hermann Foundation Meeting Room at Falmouth Public Library at 3 PM on Wednesday, June 21.

D-Lab works with people around the world to develop and advance collaborative approaches and practical solutions to global poverty challenges. The program’s mission is pursued through interdisciplinary courses, research in collaboration with global partners, technology development, and community initiatives—all of which emphasize experiential learning, real-world projects, community-led development, and scalability. Ms. Smith will talk about D-Lab’s philosophy and approach to development and will share some examples from the field.

Abby Smith, professor and head of department, a marine geochemist who works at the University of Otago in New Zealand, will speak later the same day, at 4:30 PM, in the Hermann Foundation Meeting Room. Dr. Smith will present a public lecture, “Bugs in Bubbles,” on the subject of ocean acidification, which is the next global climate challenge.

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Recording from the UN Oceans Conference Partnership Dialogue 3 – Minimizing and Addressing Ocean Acidification (text and video)

In the afternoon, the Conference held a partnership dialogue on “Minimizing and addressing ocean acidification”. Moderated by Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General, World Meteorological Organization, it featured presentations by Cardinal Peter Turkson, Head of the Dicastery for Integral Human Development, Holy See; Rahanna Juman, Deputy Director, Institute of Marine Affairs, Trinidad and Tobago; David Osborn, Director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Environment Laboratories; and Carol Turley, Senior Scientist, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, United Kingdom. Prince Albert II of Monaco and Agostinho Mondlane, Minister of the Sea, Inland Waters and Fisheries, Mozambique, co-chaired the meeting.

View the recording of the session here:

http://www.unmultimedia.org/avlibrary/asset/1901/1901774/

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Strengthening capacity on ocean acidification monitoring, ecosystem resilience, MPA networks in a changing climate, coral reef protection and marine spatial planning

The Swedsh Government commit to financially support to IUCN to strengthen knowledge generation and taking measures within the ocean and climate context. The support contributes to capacity development, knowledge generation and methodological development, particularly in developing countries, contributing to the implementation of SDG 14, in particular 14.2, 14.3 and 14.5.

The Swedsh Government also commit to financially support to The Ocean Foundations “Ocean acidification program”. The support contributes to training researchers in monitoring and measuring, and, if possible, contribute to create a monitoring function for ocean acidification to contribute data to the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network. The support contributes to capacity development, knowledge generation and methodological development, particularly in developing countries, contributing to the implementation of SDG 14, in particular 14.3.

The Swedsh Government financially supports the implementation of the Action Plan of the International Coral Reef Initiative, ICRI, together with France and Monaco. The support contributes to the plan of action 2016-2018 adopted in November 2016. It comprises five themes:

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