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Roadmap to Oceans and Climate Action (ROCA)
by Global Ocean Forum (Non-governmental organization (NGO))
The Roadmap to Oceans and Climate Action (ROCA) is a multi-stakeholder initiative involving governments, international agencies, NGOs, scientific institutions, private sector, and subnational authorities to advance the oceans and climate agenda (especially in the UNFCCC, the UN Ocean Conference, and in other United Nations fora), and at the national level in all countries. ROCA was launched at the UNFCCC COP 22 in Marrakech, Morocco. The ROCA works to implement the Strategic Action Roadmap on Oceans and Climate: 2016-2021, first discussed at the Oceans Day at COP 21 in Paris 2015, and then prepared in detail by 37 international experts throughout 2016 and highlighted at the Oceans Action Day at COP 22 Marrakech (November 12, 2016). The Roadmap presents analyses and recommendations in six major areas: Central of role of oceans in regulating climate, mitigation, adaptation and Blue Economy, displacement, financing, and capacity development, for implementation in the next 5 years.

For each of these issues, the Roadmap addresses:

1) the current status of the issue (and, as relevant, the science related to the issue)
2) the current state of play of the issue within the UNFCCC
3) the opportunities and pathways that may be available within the UNFCCC to advance the issue in the next five years
4) the opportunities and pathways that may be available outside of the UNFCCC to advance the issue
5) financial considerations regarding each issue

Please see:

Roadmap to Oceans and Climate Action Report: https://globaloceanforumdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/strategic-action-roadmap-on-oceans-and-climate-november-2016.pdf

In 2017, the ROCA will focus on two main inter-related emphases: 1) advancing the overall cross-cutting Roadmap agenda; 2) advancing the Blue Economyconcepts, principles, experiences, modes of innovation, on-the-ground actions, assessment and standards.
Progress reports
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Scientific, socioeconomic and interdisciplinary research
  • Research capacity development
  • Data access and sharing
  • Scientific cooperation
  • Actions that support SIDS and LDCs
November 2017
Annual Report on Measuring Progress on Oceans and Climate Action - what's happened in oceans since last COP?
November 2017
Review of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and guidelines for increased consideration of oceans and coasts in NDCs
November 2017
Knowledge Management Mechanism to capture and exchange knowledge and best practices on topics (Blue Economy, mitigation, adaptation, displacement, financing, capacity development)
Staff / Technical expertise
Expert contributions to produce the Knowledge Sharing Mechanism, NDC reviews and guidelines, and progress reports
In-kind contribution
Start up funds from OPRI and Oceano Azul
Basic information
Time-frame: 11/2016 - 11/2017
Leadership: Fisheries and Agriculture Organization of the UN (United Nations Entity); Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (United Nations entity); UNEP (United Nations entity); Ocean Policy Research Institute, Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Japan (NGO); Oceano Azul Foundation, Portugal (NGO) Initial Partners: Coastal Zone Canada Association (Scientific community); Conservation International (Philanthrophic organization); Deep Ocean Stewardship Initiative (Scientific Community); Duke University (Academic institution); EUCC (Philanthropic organzation); Future Ocean Alliance (Partnership); IUCN (Scientific community); Government of Grenada (Government); Government of Palau (Government); Government of Seychelles (Government); International Alliance to Combat Ocean Acidification (Scientific community); Pacific Community (Partnership); Ocean Recovery Alliance, Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region of China) (Partnership); Plymouth Marine Laboratory (Academic Institution); Scripps Institution of Oceanography (Academic Institution); The Nature Conservancy (Philanthropic organization); University of Delaware (Academic Institution); UN Environment (United Nations entity); World Ocean Network (Partnership); World Ocean Observatory (Scientific community)
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Biliana Cicin-Sain, President, bilianacicin-sain@globaloceans.org,
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