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Ocean acidification

Ocean acidity has increased by roughly 26% since pre-industrial times because of increased releases of CO2 due to the burning of fossil fuels and other human activities. Ocean acidification is detrimental to many marine species, such as corals and other species with calcium carbonate skeletons or shells, with impacts on their physiology and long-term fitness. These impacts, in combination with increases in upper-ocean temperature, stratification and de-oxygenation of sub-surface waters can affect processes fundamental to the overall structure and functioning of marine ecosystems with far-reaching consequences and potentially profound socio-economic impacts. The potential for marine organisms to adapt to increasing CO2 and the broader implications for ocean ecosystems are not well known and require further research.

Approximately 250 voluntary commitments relate to ocean acidification, either as their main component, or as part of a broader range of management and conservation actions. Specific activities include scientific research and research collaborations, building resilience against impacts of ocean acidification, and activities related to mitigation and carbon sequestration.

This Community of Ocean Action aims to support its members in implementing their ocean acidification-related voluntary commitments by exchanging progress reports, experiences, lessons learned and good practices.

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Ocean Acidification Mediterranean Hub (OA Med-Hub)
The Mediterranean Ocean Acidification Hub is a network that connects Mediterranean scientists who are working and are interested in ocean acidification in the Mediterranean Sea. This VC is helpful in terms of bridging gaps between Mediterranean scientists, and to build a common ground that would help in creating collaborations to strengthen the oce [more]
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Protection of the Arctic Ocean and its ecosystem
Through its campaign and public education, parvati.org with its policy will acquire one million signature and 99 treaty signatures for Arctic ocean to be declared international peace park free from human exploitation.
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One Gulf of California (1GC)
Work with Mexican state governments (Sinaloa, Sonora, Baja California, Baja California Sur) and civil society in coastal communities surrounding the Gulf of California to co-create 2 year action plans, with concrete steps -- commitments -- to end marine pollution and ensure sustainable fishing practices in the Gulf of California.\\r\\n\\r\\nThis mo [more]
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Ocean University Initiative
Ocean University Initiative has been launched by the University of Brest with the support of local authorities and many of our local and national science partners. Brest/Western part of Brittany hosts the largest concentration of marine research in France and France has put a large investment into concentrating research capacities in this area. T [more]
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Webinar: COA on Ocean Acidification
The Community of Ocean Action on Ocean Acidification held its third webinar on 12 June 2019. Dr Libby Jewett, Director of NOAA’s Ocean Acidification Program and co-chair of the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network, GOA-ON, (VC16542) made a presentation on GOA-ON status, progress and lessons learned. The slides of the presentation shared b [more]
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Action and Outreach on Ocean Acidification
We will work with primary affected stakeholders like fishermen, tribes, and coastal communities to educate them about the issues, provide solutions, and help them speak up for their best interests (and the oceans!). Including at least 10 workshops per year and publishing our Ocean Acidification Report 3-4x/yr: which mails to approx ~7000 people in [more]
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Meeting of the Communities of Ocean Action (COAs)
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OA- Africa (Ocean Acidification- Africa)
Implementation of OA-Africa In 2015, the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda and a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), including a goal dedicated to the ocean, SDG 14, which calls to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. Measuring process to achieve its target 14.3 (Minimize [more]
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5th Year Anniversary Mangrove Tree Planting @ Barangay Lawin 11, Cavite City, Philippines
The objectives of the 5th Anniversary Mangrove Tree Planting are to promote, create community awareness and outreach while implementing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals # 14, 13,12,11, 4, and 3. With multisectoral partnerships and collaborations coastal cleanups, mangrove tree planting, urban gardening, eco bricks are executed usi [more]
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Te Haumihi
Ngāti Kuri is leading the facilitation and coordination of ongoing conversations and connections for Taiātea across our Pacific Island collaborative. We are an iwi descended from the founding peoples of the northernmost peninsula of Aotearoa (New Zealand). We have vast areas of ocean and land under our guard [more]
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Planning Meetings for The UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030
1) Engage and consult relevant communities regarding contributions to the objectives of the Decade, with priority given to engaging early career scientists and disadvantaged groups and regions and to the science -policy interface, building on the outputs of regional and global consultations undertaken; 2) Capacity development through organization o [more]
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