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A multi-partner coalition to protect and restore the ocean’s contributions to climate regulation, human well-being and planetary health

Elisa Morgera

One Ocean Hub, University of Strathclyde, UK

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  • climate,
  • co-management,
  • communities,
  • COP26,
  • ocean-climate nexus,
  • multistakeholder processes,
  • Financing
Target Group
  • Policy makers,
  • Researchers,
  • Students,
  • Community workers,
  • Entrepreneurs
  • English
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Although the the ocean plays a crucial role in climate regulation, the ocean and marine ecosystems are yet to achieve international climate goals. This policy brief explores possible solutions.

Published on August 29 2023, this policy brief calls for the establishment of a multi-actor coalition for a comprehensive, sustainable and inclusive approach to ocean-based climate action that can set appropriate frameworks for the channelling of climate finance to the ocean. This is done with the recognition that Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 (Life below water) remains the least funded SDG. To name a few, this kind of partnership would prioritise community-led marine ecosystem restoration, avoid repeating past mistakes, such as climate responses that have: not achieved climate mitigation, damaged biodiversity, infringed human rights, and/or led to neo-colonial approaches in conservation. Overall, the policy brief recommends the development of this coalition across different international treaties and United Nations bodies for the restoration of marine ecosystems, human well-being and planetary health.