Transforming Human Behavior to Enable Ocean-Focused Climate Action, Biodiversity Protection and Sustainable Development
Tuesday, 15th November 2022

The Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) finds that pathways limiting global warming to 1.5C require rapid and far-reaching transitions in human systems, e.g., the energy and industry sectors, ecosystem management, infrastructure, and society. Despite this challenge, limiting warming to 1.5C with no or limited overshoot will avoid reaching many limits to adaptation. 
Many opportunities exist to transform human systems in ways that will increase ocean-based contributions to climate action and climate-resilient development. Opportunities exist within conservation and restoration of ocean ecosystems, sustainable marine resource use, global and local cooperation, and use of effective governance and financing. The IPCC Working Group II report assesses that conservation, evidence-based management, and sustainable use of the ocean enable ocean-based adaptation and help improve human, ecosystem and planetary health; human wellbeing; and economic and social resilience. This session will also discuss how managing simultaneously for multiple ocean crises — climate impacts, biodiversity loss and unsustainable fisheries — while meeting the objectives of climate resilient development can contribute to achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and a sustainable ocean. 

Sarah  Cooley
Sarah Cooley

Ocean Conservancy
Chip  Cunliffe
Chip Cunliffe

Ocean Risk and Resilience Action Alliance (ORRAA)
Nathalie Jeanne Marie  HILMI
Nathalie Jeanne Marie HILMI

Centre Scientifique de Monaco
Johanna  Nalau
Johanna Nalau

Griffith University
Hans-Otto  Pörtner
Hans-Otto Pörtner

Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Research
Kate  Schweigart
Kate Schweigart

Innovative Finance
William  Solecki
William Solecki

city university of new york - hunter college
Carol  Turley
Carol Turley

Plymouth Marine Laboratory
Case study: Human transitions in small-scale fisheries

Kate Schweigart, Vice President of Innovative Finance, Rare, USA

Case study: innovative finance to build resilience/human adaptive capacity to ocean-based climate impacts

Chip Cunliffe, Programme and Risk Director, Ocean Risk and Resilience Action Alliance

Small Islands

Johanna Nalau, Griffith University, Australia and Lead Author IPCC AR6 WGII Ch. 5, Small Island

Coastal Cities

William Solecki, Hunter College, USA, and Contributing Author IPCC AR6 WGII Cross-Chapter Paper 2, Cities by the Sea

Ocean-Climate Finance

Nathalie Hilmi, Centre Scientifique de Monaco, Monaco and Lead Author IPCC AR6 WGII Ch. 18, Climate-Resilient Development Pathways, and Cross-Chapter Paper 4, Mediterranean

Oceans & Coastal Systems

Sarah Cooley, Ocean Conservancy, USA, and Coordinating Lead Author IPCC AR6 WGII Ch. 3, Ocean & Coastal Ecosystems & their Services


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