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Please share any innovative partnerships - existing or proposed - aimed at mitigating and addressing the impacts of ocean acidification that you are aware of or involved in, that could be launched at the June Ocean Conference and that can advance effective actions from local to global levels.

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David Osborn said:

Dear all,

As the forum wraps up, I wanted to thank everyone for their participation!

We have had some interesting discussion on the challenges and potential solutions for tackling SDG 14.3.  In particular, we have highlighted the need to address OA from local to global levels with different actions and types of partnerships required at each level.  Your comments have indicated that cooperation is needed in all areas, including scientists, governments, UN organizations, private industry, and the general public.

We appreciate your feedback and thank you for contributing!

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Sam Dupont said:

Dear David,



Actions should be considered at too levels: global and local. These two levels require very different levels of information.

For the global actions (work on CO2), we already have convincing information to demonstrate that OA is happening and will need to large scale problems.



For local actions (mitigation), we need local data. This is the real challenge (as illustrated by the comments on the other questions regarding lack of awareness, support, technology, now how) but it is moving toward the right direction. Some support is available, new technology developed, etc. However, it is critical to spend some time identifying the needs (one of the goal of the IAEA INT project) and define local priorities.

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David Osborn replied:

Dear Sam, thanks for commenting!  Indeed awareness and data are needed at all levels, so it's great to identify local actions to improve in both areas.  Thanks for highlighting the need to define specific priorities as these will vary locally and regionally.

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Ariel Kozlowski said:

Hi David, the pleasure is mine!



I think it's also proper to mention here a bit about my own professional experience with innovative partnerships addressing Ocean Acidification.



I studied economics in college but nowdays I'm working with environmental film production, the feature film we're finishing now is called Urban Bay (teaser) and it is a documentary that explores one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Harbour of Rio de Janeiro, also known as Guanabara Bay.

With an unprecedented angle, you will dive in a show of biodiversity and resilience in one of the most polluted and still, most diverse bays on the Planet.

[spoiler alert] When the film addresses the Green Turtle, we took the opportunity to relate the resilience of marine turtles to surviving the last great mass extinction event 65 million years ago to raise awareness about how the process of ocean acidification can certainly contribute to the 6th great mass extinction even during the 21st century.



During the research phase of the production I took an excellent Massive Open Online Course called One Planet - One Ocean that I highly recommend to everyone and helped us a lot by enriching the film's narrative. After that I've discovered that here in Brazil we have The Brazilian Research Network on Ocean Acidification (BrOA), giving me some hope.. What surprised me a lot is the fact that the subject 'Ocean Acidification' is among the fastest growing themes of scientific papers being published each year, and it is also reflected at Google Trends (link). I know it is a 'new' field of research which has implications for a very large number of scientific and socio-economic subdisciplines, probably that's why the Ocean became a Goal (14) in the 2030 Agenda and we was lucky to have the institutional support from the World Centre for Sustainable Development (RIO+Centre), the Rio+20 UNDP's legacy in Rio, over this production (article). To our (small) team, this represents a strategic and innovative partnership helping each other in the mission to fight ignorance, raise awareness about the Ocean issues and also spread inspiration by showing the beauty and curiosities of the marine biodiversity that still exists, which gives us tangible reasons to keep working with education and communication at these days. It is possible that we can do the premiere of the Urban Bay doc in a Side Event of the Ocean Conference this year! cross your fingers for us! Thanks!

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David Osborn replied:

Dear Ariel, thanks for contributing to the discussion and for all the links!  Your experience does certainly highlight some innovative and unique partnerships for educating at many levels about our oceans and OA.  I look forward to seeing the film -- the teaser footage is great!

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David Osborn said:

Thanks everyone for your participation in our discussion so far!  It's been great to hear about some of the innovative approaches to mitigating OA such as the Greenwave 3D farming, as well as the current local and regional efforts for both educating about and dealing with the effects of OA in many different parts of the world. 

Co-moderators Libby Jewett and Bronte Tilbrook have posted a nice summary under question 2 of all the discussion occurring across the OA forum along with some thoughts for focusing the rest of the discussion.  With regards to question 3, we would love to hear your ideas for specific actions towards innovative partnerships for mitigating and addressing the impacts of OA at all levels.

The online discussion is still open and available until 30 March so feel free to join in!

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Antoine De Ramo... said:

Dear David,

For us in small islands of the South Pacific like Fiji, Ocean Acidification is something very threathening to our natural resources (fisheries) and national security (damage to coral reefs that protect us from storm surges, cyclones, sea-level rise...). Our national carbon emissions being negligible compared to the developped world and the Northern Hemisphere main emitting countries, there is little we can do to mitigate the amount of carbon dioxide actually entering our oceans; however we render the world a great service in reducing global warming by having such vast areas of waters in our Exclusive Economic Zones that absorb atmospheric Carbon, at the expense of our oceans becoming acidic.

Our main efforts can be to mitigate and adapt to OA at the local level, for instance by maintaining and restoring coastal ecosystems such as mangroves and seagrass beds, that produce alkaline conditions buffering ocean acidification thus providing 'OA sanctuaries' for marine species. We could also build-up our resilience to OA by becoming less dependent on species that could be affected by it and/or diversifying fisheries, and breeding strains of OA-resistant species of fish, shellfish and other marine food species. Both these solutions would require of course some concerted efforts, scientific research and financial resources at the national and regional level.

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David Osborn replied:

Dear Antoine, thanks for your comments!  It's true that OA is a global problem that will have significant local impacts, and your suggestions for mitigation at all levels are important as it will certainly take a concerted effort to implement Target 14.3.  Thanks for including your thoughts here!

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Ashwini Sathnur said:

Abstract of the Validation of the Climate Model in Volcanoes and the Atmosphere.

This proposal aims to calculate the errors in the climate model predicted values when comparing it with the deductions from the remote sensing instruments. The atmospheric constituents' percentage composition is verified with this model. 

This aims to provide a platform for calculating the percentage composition of Green House Gases in the atmosphere. Further also validating the inferences derived theoretically and practically, leading to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal.

Attaching the proposal on the Climate Model in the below mentioned website url link, along with this comment!

https://play.google.com/books/reader?printsec=frontcover&output=reader&id=iaFmCwAAAEAJ&pg=GBS.PA0

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Ariel Kozlowski said:

One of the most interesting activities that generate jobs and helps to mitigate OA effects are the "3D farming" of seaweed and mussels. Greenwave, from Bren Smith, are doing a great job at replicating the innitiative through open sourcing their models and practicies. Here in Brazil our legislation permits Algae farming but only one tyoe and only in the southwest coast and there are a few companies doing a great job as well. As Tim Flannery puts in his 2015 book (Atmosphere of Hope: Searching for Solutions to the Climate Crisis) seaweed farming is a "third way" technology that could significantly reduce atmospheric carbon emissions, mitigate ocean acidification and other marine pollutants and also provide habitat for threatened sea creatures. If something like 9% of the world's oceans with seaweed farms could sequester the equivalent of the entire world's carbon emissions one day. So, in that case, I think the innovative partnership would be something like a global NGO coalition to spread seaweed farming techniques and also do political pressure so governments regulate and allow coastal communities to work with 3d farming.

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David Osborn replied:

Dear Ariel, thanks for your comment!  The Greenwave 3D ocean farming model is really interesting, and creative solutions like these are exactly the types of innovative partnerships we were thinking of in the context of this question.  Thanks for mentioning it here!

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David Osborn said:

Welcome to the online forum addressing ocean acidification in advance of the SDG-14 Ocean Conference that will take place in June of this year. We are very pleased to be moderating this discussion and look forward to hearing from you on this important topic.

We are very keen to receive your contributions on how the global community is responding to reducing the impacts of ocean acidification -- from the perspective of the citizen all the way to government. Please feel free to make your inputs on one or all of the questions we have posed here. Under Question 3, we are interested to learn from you about innovative partnerships that can foster new solutions to these complex problems. For example, how can local fisheries and management strategies adapt to the effects of ocean acidification in the short and long term? Can we develop a solutions-based approach to foster ecosystems resilience to the effects of ocean acidification? What kind of concrete activities can help to mitigate ocean acidification at the local level?

This forum will remain open until 30th March and we will monitor the inputs and provide moderation to ensure the discussion effectively feeds and makes a substantive input to be carried to the Conference in June. Summaries of the responses will be compiled at the end of the discussion period and posted on the platform.

Your voice matters! Make it count as the global community converges in June 2017 to commit to action to realize Sustainable Development Goal 14 to sustain Life Below Water for our and future generations!

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Roshan T Ramessur replied:

Innovative partnerships include OA Africa and possibly a South Western IO- OA island network collaborating together. AFRC under the Ministry of Ocean Economy is participating in an IAEA HAB project and the University of Mauritius is including OA modules in a new IAEA funded project to train scientists as discussed with Marc Metian from IAEA during his visit to the University of Mauritius. The Ocean Foundation and the US state Department funded the OA workshop in Mauritius. There will be a need for more regional workshops and conferences to develop OA research at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. We would be happy to initiate such studies and research with upgrading of existing facilities at different local institutions working on fisheries, aquaculture, HABs, corals and seagrass ecosystems. Mitigation measures will include both awareness and research programs linked to both climate change and sustainability.

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David Osborn replied:

Dear Roshan, thanks for commenting! Existing and new partnerships between universities, governments, and agencies like the IAEA are certainly a great way to foster both awareness and potential mitigation solutions for OA, particularly at regional and local levels as you mention. Thanks for joining the discussion!