PML scientists speak at World Oceans Day


Three scientists from PML have been invited to join other experts from around the world, to give presentations at a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) special event for World Oceans Day, in Paris.

World Oceans Day (WOD), held on June 8th each year, is an internationally recognised event officially recognised by the UN. WOD aims to celebrate the oceans, highlight the threats they face and improve their health through activities and events across the globe.

This special event, organised by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, is a full day of presentations and workshops around the theme of the ocean and its link to the climate system. The event will “bring together scientists, policy decision makers, civil society and youth to identify, through dialogue, promising ocean-sensitive actions and strategies to mitigate climate change and its socioeconomic impacts. Action oriented recommendations will be presented to  heads of state and UN representatives attending the meeting, including HRH Prince Albert II of Monaco and Laurent Fabius, French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development. Key recommendations from World Oceans Day will be transmitted to the negotiating parties, experts and observers attending the Bonn Climate Change Conference in June, in preparation for COP21 in Paris in December.

Professor Manuel Barange, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Science at PML will be taking part in a round table discussion – the Impacts of a Changing Climate on the Ocean and Society. Prof Barange will be highlighting research he has carried out on how and to what extent will fish be able to contribute to feeding 9 billion people in 2050 and beyond, and on their increasing role in securing global and regional protein food production. He will recognise the challenges of climate change in terms of productivity and distribution of fish. He will point out that if we change the ways we manage fish stocks and in particular maintain the current growth of aquaculture in future, fisheries can keep pace with the growing human population. He will also say that smart management needs to maximise the output of the ocean while reducing the impact per head of humans using its fisheries resources.

Dr Helen Findlay, a PML research scientist, will be addressing a specialist workshop looking into the impacts of ocean warming and acidification. Dr Findlay has a particular interest in raising awareness of the issues through wider, accessible education and is especially keen to engage younger people. Through this approach she hopes to help society to think about how climate change and OA might affect more local environments, thus encouraging a more regional approach and actions to address what is a global challenge.

Dr Carol Turley, Senior Scientist at PML will be exploring ways to ensure that the vital role of the ocean is better acknowledged in climate negotiations and exploring what additional arguments the ocean may bring to climate negotiations. She will also encourage further working towards educating decision makers through increasing knowledge and awareness of the issues – an area in which she has vast experience.

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