WHEN: 02.December – 13.December 2019
WHERE: Santiago, Chile
The whole world is living a process of transformation towards a truly sustainable development. Raising the levels of ambition with a balance between mitigation and adaptation is essential. For this purpose, we need the participation of both the States and local governments, and the private sector.
The COP must encourage concrete climate action, ensuring an inclusive process for all parties and the formal integration of the scientific world and the private sector.
Our challenge is to achieve a transition towards increased action and that is perceived by the general public. Climate change is a reality now, not in 50 years’ time.
Environment Minister, Carolina Schmidt, is a Commercial Engineer graduated at Chile’s Pontificia Universidad Católica. During President Sebastián Piñera’s first period (2010 – 2014), she served as Minister of the National Women’s Service and Minister of Education.
In August 2018, she became Minister of Environment with a clear purpose: the only way to achieve sustainable development is with care and respect for the environment.
She has a cross-cutting message: climate action and economic development do not move along separate tracks; on the contrary, it implies that the way to achieve a real sustainable development is the protection of the environment; in order to achieve this, adaptation and mitigation to climate change are essential.
“Because the Ocean”: Report discusses climate action measures focussed on oceans
Last September 25th, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its latest special report, which emphasized the need to act urgently to prioritize opportune, ambitious and coordinated initiatives to bring about lasting changes in oceans and the cryosphere.
Almost three quarters of our planet is covered by oceans, and around 10% of continental landmass is covered by glaciers and ice caps. Today the Because the Ocean initiative published a new report called Ocean for Climate, focused exclusively on the ocean-related elements of the IPCC report.
The great importance of the relation between oceans and the climate led governments to sign the first Because the Ocean declaration in 2015, during COP21. Since then, the Because the Ocean initiative has continued to highlight the oceans-climate connection, encouraging ocean protection as a means of mitigating and adapting to climate change.
Ocean for Climate focuses on the implications of activities undertaken at sea: those that can contribute to mitigation efforts in a safe and sustainable way, and those that can commit to increasing ocean resilience.
The ideas forwarded in this publication are born from a series of workshops organized by Because the Ocean since 2016, focused on what should and should not be done in ocean-related climate action.
The five central discussion points proposed by the report are: encouraging natural carbon sequestration by coastal ecosystems; developing a range of sustainable ocean-based renewable energy solutions; promoting adaptation and resilience solutions for vulnerable populations, ecosystems and ecosystem services threatened by climate change; implementing hybrid solutions supporting both adaptation and mitigation in the fisheries and aquaculture sector; and solutions in the shipping sector.