29 November 2019
Prof. Melanie Austen, Blue Communities Programme Director, will be presenting at COP25 this week.

Following agreement on the implementation guidelines of the Paris Agreement at COP24 in Poland last year, COP25 aims to take the next steps towards the full operationalization of the agreement and commitment of new and updated climate actions plans in 2020.

The conference will include the twenty-fifth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 25), the fifteenth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 15), and the second session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA 2). COP25 has been designated as the "Blue COP" and as such, it will prioritize the climate/ocean nexus.

Prof. Austen's schedule can be found below and all times are Central European Time (CET).
 

Tuesday 3rd December
15:00 - 16:15 

WWF Pavilion, Hall 6

The Ocean, Climate and Biodiversity: the evidence is clear for raising ambition.
Oceans are undergoing rapid change due to increasing CO2 emissions resulting in serious risks to marine biodiversity and ecosystems, and subsequent impact on global society. This will continue unless unprecedented action is taken. Experts and policy makers are being bought together on Earth Information Day to summarise the findings of the IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC) and to make recommendations and summarise initiatives for sustaining this unique habitat and Earth’s essential life support system.

Prof Mel Austen (PML/GCRF Blue Communities) will be a panelist with a talk entitled: 'Healthy blue ecosystems support healthy blue communities'.

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Wednesday 4th December
11:30 - 12:45

UK Pavilion, Hall 8

The ocean, CO2 and society: challenges, opportunities and science responses for seas and society
Rising CO2 is impacting ocean ecosystems and dependent coastal communities through multiple climate-related changes to ocean physics, chemistry and biology. The ocean is also a source of adaptation and mitigation responses. The session will showcase how action-driven transdisciplinary science can help understand and manage the challenges placed on the ocean and so improve sustainable development.

Prof Mel Austen (PML/GCRF Blue Communities) will be part of the panel with a talk entitled: 'What the ocean provides society'

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Thursday 5th December
10:00 - 11:00

Moana Blue Pacific Pavilion

Special Report on Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC): A Pacific perspective
PML is co-organising this event.

Prof Mel Austen (PML/GCRF Blue Communities) will be a key speaker with a talk entitled: 'Case study: on-the-ground story of experience how communities adapt to the current and future challenges of ocean change in the Pacific.'

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