13 Dec 2019 - Oceans Action Day included a number of high-level panel sessions. Speakers stressed the need to “break down the silos” between the ocean, biodiversity, and climate. Panelists expressed hope that 2020 NDCs will contain nature-based solutions.
Oceans Action Day took place during the UN Climate Change Conference in Madrid, Spain, to assess existing ocean and climate action, identify gaps that need to be addressed and reaffirm the importance of the ocean-climate nexus.
The event convened on 7 December and was hosted by the Governments of Japan, Chile and the UK. The Day featured a number of high-level panel sessions.
During the discussion on the ocean and climate nexus within the UNFCCC and beyond, panelists highlighted, inter alia:
- the ocean as integral to achieving multiple SDGs;
- nature-based solutions such as the International Blue Carbon Initiative, which focuses on mitigation through blue carbon restoration, and the Blue Action Fund, established by Sweden, France and Germany, that will support investment in nature-based solutions;
- the Commonwealth Blue Charter, which puts the ocean and island nations at the center of climate solutions;
- the need for integrated approaches on the effects of land-based activities on the marine environment;
- the importance of a common narrative encompassing the needs of all ocean-dependent people; and
- the need for a “blue outcome” at the 25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 25) to the UNFCCC.
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