Unpacking the UNFCCC Global Stocktake for Ocean-Climate Action

June 7, 2021

In a new report entitled Unpacking the UNFCCC Global Stocktake for Ocean-Climate Action, multiple conservation organizations analyzed the plans for the UNFCCC Global Stocktake, and what it means for the ocean.

The report takes advantage of the growing momentum around ocean-climate action and provides an overview of the Global Stocktake while detailing how ocean and coastal ecosystems can fit into that critical process. It also indicates where there are opportunities for different types of stakeholders to engage and strengthen that connection within the process with actions related to climate mitigation (ie, blue carbon ecosystems), adaptation (ie, coral reef restoration), and/or means of implementation (ie, ocean-climate finance).

The conclusion? The ocean sector plays a central part in the climate system – including sustainable management actions from coastal communities and small-scale fishers – and provides a broader understanding of this crucial interlinkage between ocean, coastal, and marine Nature-based Solutions (NbS). The ocean should be well-integrated to clearly demonstrate how the global community will count and view these actions while assessing collective progress towards meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement.

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