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
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.
Updates to voluntary commitment
Annual Report on Measuring Progress on Oceans and Climate Action - what's happened in oceans since last COP?
Review of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and guidelines for increased consideration of oceans and coasts in NDCs
Knowledge Management Mechanism to capture and exchange knowledge and best practices on topics (Blue Economy, mitigation, adaptation, displacement, financing, capacity development)