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Launch of Communities of Ocean Action for supporting implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 (webinars)

To follow-up on the implementation of the voluntary commitments Conference in the outcome document of the June 2017 conference Our Ocean, Our Future: Call for Action, to catalyze and generate new voluntary commitments; and to facilitate collaboration and networking amongst different actors in support of SDG 14, the United Nations is launching nine thematic multi-stakeholder Communities of Ocean Action during a series of global webinars, including on ocean acidification and coral reefs which will take place on 27 November 2017, 02.00 PM – 03.30 PM (EST).

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Ocean acidification & hypoxia research findings

Date: November 18, 2017

Address: 2400 Hwy 101, Yachats, OR 97498 USA
Time: 1:00 PM

The rocky intertidal habitats in the Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve are a hotspot of biodiversity. Scientists have been monitoring the dynamics and intertidal species here for decades. In addition, scientists have been conducting oceanography, hypoxia and ocean acidification studies in this area since the early 2000s. Steven Rumrill, Shellfish Program Lead and Daniel Sund, Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia researcher with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Marine Reserves Program will present research related to ocean acidification along the Pacific Coast and its potential impact on coastal ecosystems.

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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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