COUNTDOWN TO COP28: PML scientists championing the Ocean in climate negotiations
28 November 2023
PML ocean and climate experts will be playing active parts in the 28th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28), in The United Arab Emirates (UAE) from 30th November – 12th December 2023.
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Since COP21 in 2015, the COPs have revolved around how to implement the Paris Agreement, which has three main goals: keep global average temperature rise to ‘well below’ 2°C and pursue efforts to limit the rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels; adapt to climate change and build resilience; and align finance flows with ‘a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development’. COP28 UAE will again bring the world together at a critical time for transformative global climate action with the first Global Stocktake of the implementation of the Paris Agreement concluding at COP28, assessing the world’s collective progress towards achieving its climate goals.
PML experts have attended each COP since 2009 and over the years their work and that of the wider ocean community has seen Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) recognising the importance of protecting the ocean and its ecosystems in the Convention and Paris Agreement. This includes the establishment of a mandated Ocean & Climate Change Dialogue in which PML expert Dr Matt Frost was a Break Out group Rapporteur.
To increase the visibility of the ocean at the COPs and to make ocean events more accessible the team was a co-founder of the 1st Virtual Ocean Pavilion at COP26 and a founding partner of the 1st Ocean Pavilion at COP27. Ahead of COP28, Ocean Pavilion partners and stakeholders, including PML, have unveiled the ‘Dubai Ocean Declaration’, which calls on world leaders to recognise the importance of the ocean in climate and support efforts to expand and improve ocean observations worldwide, including coverage in under-observed regions.
At COP28 PML experts will continue to play active roles highlighting the enormous role the ocean plays in sustaining life on Earth, the consequences of a high CO2 world for the ocean and society and options for action. PML’s COP28 delegation consists of:
- Professor Steve Widdicombe: Director of Science, Plymouth Marine Laboratory; Co-chair, Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON) Executive Council and Co-lead of the UN Ocean Decade Ocean Acidification Research for Sustainability (OARS) programme.
- Dr Matt Frost: Chair of the UK Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership (MCCIP, UKs primary marine climate advice body) and its Overseas Working Group, Chair of the UK National (Ocean) Decade Committee plus founder and lead of the World Association of Marine Stations (WAMS), a forum for marine stations from all regions of the world (over 800 marine stations). He is the Head of the International Office with Plymouth Marine Laboratory.
- Professor Helen Findlay: Chair of North East Atlantic Ocean Acidification (NEA-OA) Hub, Executive Council Member for the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON) and Science expert member of the International Cryosphere Climate Initiative (ICCI) High Urgency Group. Helen is a Senior Scientist Biological Oceanographer with Plymouth Marine Laboratory.
- Anthony Ndah: Coordinator of the African regional node of the UN Ocean Decade Early Career Ocean Professionals (ECOP) Programme. Anthony is an Ecosystem Scientist with Plymouth Marine Laboratory
- The delegation is coordinated by Thecla Keizer, Deputy Head of PML’s International Office & International Marketing and Business Development Executive.
In preparation for this year’s conference, the team has led or been instrumental in organising an exciting programme of ocean-related events and exhibits.
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