Further Ocean Side Events for Climate Mitigation and Adaptation at COP 22

By Magdalena A K Muir, Advisory Board Member, Global and Climate Change, EUCC

 Wednesday 9 Nov; 10:30-12:00, EU Pavilion, Blue zone – Side event on “Changing oceans and seas around the world: implications for mitigation & adaptation”
Recent assessments of ocean warming, acidification, deoxygenation and sea-level rise identified serious risks to marine ecosystems, fisheries, andcoastal livelihoods and infrastructure. The Paris Agreement recognised the ocean and its ecosystems and the need to ensure their integrity and protecttheir biodiversity. A panel of international experts (involved in UN assessment reports, and national, EU, international and intergovernmentalprogrammes) will provide an integrated and updated perspective on the climate related changes, risks and projections for both natural and humanocean systems and make mitigation and adaptation recommendations for future UNFCCC processes.
Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary IOC-UNESCO: Chair
Carol Turley OBE, Plymouth Marine Laboratory: Why ocean change matters to society and the UNFCC
Hans Pörtner, AWI, IPCC Co-Chair WGII: The ocean and future CO2 emissions pathways: vulnerability, risk and future IPCC assessments
Ulf Riebesell, GEOMAR, Coordinator BIOACID: Ocean acidification and the latest findings from Germany
Nayrah Shaltout, NIOF, Cairo: A north African perspective of ocean change
Libby Jewett, Director NOAA Ocean Acidification Program, Co-Chair GOA-ON: Development of African ocean acidification observing initiatives
Jay Manning, The OA Alliance: An International Collaborative to Combat Ocean Acidification
Dorothee Herr, IUCN : Coastal and marine nature-based solutions to adaptation and mitigation
Phillip Williamson, NERC and UEA: An ocean perspective on CO2 removal and global warming  reduction methodology
Thursday 10 Nov; 15:30-16:30, UK Pavilion, Green zone – Side event on “Climate readiness – Ocean based adaptation and mitigation” 
A panel discussion on the current and future potential role of the ocean in adaptation and mitigation of climate change and potential uncertainties. These include protection, expansion and location of marine carbon sinks (blue carbon), use of small scale algal farming to enhance local fishers’ adaptive capacity to ocean acidification, large scale capture and storage of CO2 in strata below the seabed and how the ocean could be impacted by global warming reduction methodology. The panel will discuss potential for maladaptation and need for transdisciplinary science based decisions.
Chair: Dr Carol Turley, OBE, Plymouth Marine Laboratory: Introduction to panel members and the role of the ocean in the carbon cycle and in mitigating CC/OA
Dr Phil Williamson, University of East Anglia and NERC: Global warming reduction methodologies and their potential uncertainties for the ocean
Dr Ana Queiros, Plymouth Marine Laboratory: Blue Carbon + Climate Ready Conservation = Climate Action
Dr Carol Turley, OBE, Plymouth Marine Laboratory: Carbon farming: a potential ecosystem based adaptation for developing coastal communities
Mr Tim Dixon, IEAGHG: Large scale CCS pros and cons for the ocean
Friday 11 Nov; 18:30-20:00; UNFCCC Side event, Blue zone, Mediterranean room  – Avoiding Irreversible Ocean and Polar Thresholds – Raising Ambition for 2018 Facilitative Dialogues 
Risks of Irreversible Changes to Oceans and Cryosphere and Current NDCs: Building on the Paris Agreement
18:30 Christy Goldfuss, Managing Director, White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), U.S.
18:40 Ocean Acidification and Warming and Current NDCs.
Dr. Carol Turley OBE, Sr. Scientist, Plymouth Marine Laboratory
18:55 Risks of Irreversible Cryospheric Change and Current NDCs: Ice sheets and Sea-level rise, Sea Ice and
Permafrost. Dr. Svante Bodin, Director, ICCI-Europe and Chair, Swedish Meteorological Society
19:10 Arctic Changes Mean Global Changes: The Arctic Council’s Latest Assessments: Acidification and SWIPA
2017. Dr. Lars-Otto Reiersen, Executive Secretary, Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme
19:25 Science Evidence to Needed Policies: The IPCC’s 1.5oC and Oceans and Cryosphere Special Reports.
Hans-Otto Pörtner, Co-Chair of IPCC WGII
19.40 Intergovernmental Responses and Mandate to Changing Oceans and Cryosphere.
Dr. Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary, IOC-UNESCO