Ocean for Climate

(Because the Ocean 2019)

Compiled by the Secretariat for Because the Ocean, this paper highlights the importance of coupling climate and ocean ecosystems into decision-making but focuses primarily on ocean elements (increased mitigation actions, implications for ocean activities, and opportunities to improve resilience) since they are traditionally omitted from global discussions. The paper looks at actions in five areas that policymakers can explore to incorporate the ocean into climate strategies:

Opportunities for encouraging natural carbon sequestration by coastal ecosystems. 

Importance of continued development of sustainable ocean-based renewable energy options. 

Benefits when adaptation and resilience solutions for at-risk communities and ecosystems are promoted.

Added value of implementing hybrid solutions that support adaptation and mitigation actions in the fisheries and aquaculture sector.

Ways to achieve emission reductions in the shipping sector.

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