A PML-led international partnership will be spearheading the message that the ocean is facing major ocean stressors that are changing the very basis of the ocean as we know it at the global climate change negotiations in Qatar.
From 26 November until 7 December 2012, the 18th Conference of the Parties (COP18) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 8th Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP8) will be held in Doha, Qatar. Last year COP17 was held in Durban, South Africa and attracted over 15,000 delegates from government representatives to observer organizations.
Driving home the message at COP18, that the ocean is facing growing threats and we need to act now to protect this great resource, Dr Carol Turley OBE stressed: “The health of the ocean is of vital importance to each and every one of us, making it crucial that its value and benefits are recognised in such discussions. With the ocean facing a multitude of stressors, as a global society we need to ensure that the marine environment is protected for the benefit of future generations. We have produced an Ocean Stress Guide in English and Arabic (www.oceanunderstress.com) to increase awareness of these issues of warming, acidification and deoxygenation on ocean systems as a result of a high CO2 world. We hope that government officials and policymakers will read and take heed. The message has already received support from a number of internationally significant bodies including the World Bank, European Union and various UN bodies. COP18 at Doha is a great opportunity to now bring this to the attention of many oil producing and coastal nations.”
A busy schedule of activities has been arranged for the PML team at this conference, ranging from an internationally supported exhibition stand to meetings with government representatives and environmental managers. PML has been bringing together international research programmes and organizations at the UNFCCC meetings since 2009 and at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20. These partners include the European Programme on Ocean Acidification (32 partners from 10 countries), UK Ocean Acidification Research Programme (27 partners from the UK), Mediterranean Sea Acidification in a Changing Climate Programme (16 partners from 10 countries), Biological Impacts of Ocean Acidification Programme (19 partners from Germany), SCRIPPS Institution of Oceanography, OCEANA and the Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre (OA-ICC).