Oregon's identity is integrally tied to its rich natural heritage and legacy of valuing both its rugged and diverse environments and the surrounding community. Coastal economies and natural resources are ecologically, economically and culturally fundamental to Oregons way of life. The impacts of ocean acidification are undermining these core values, propelling Oregon to the leading edge of understanding, mitigating and adapting to this problem. Ocean acidification is drawing Oregon, and the rest of the West Coast, together to share how best to respond to a changing ocean with others who are or will soon be struggling with similar climate-related issues.
To that end, in collaboration the Canadian province of British Columbia and the U.S. states of California and Washington, we helped found the Pacific Coast Collaborative (PCC) established in 2008, to develop non-regulatory agreements across jurisdictions and to find solutions to climate and energy issues. To amplify and expand our work on the West Coast of the United States, Oregon as part of the PCC then built and launched the broader international coalition of the International Alliance to Combat Ocean Acidification (OA Alliance; https://www.oaalliance.org/), established in 2016.
As founders of the OA Alliance, we stand with our international colleagues to address the OA Alliance goals as stated in the Call-to-Action:
1. Advance scientific understanding of ocean acidification
2. Take meaningful actions to reduce causes of acidification
3. Protect the environment and coastal communities from impacts of a changing ocean
4. Expand public awareness and understanding of acidification
5. Build sustained support for addressing this global problem
Central to our work with the PCC and our commitment to the OA Alliance, is to better understand how ocean acidification is impacting our region and the key resources we rely on. Oregon has provided essential leadership in the effort to evaluate and improve our West Coast monitoring network by bringing together scientists and government representatives for the PCC and the Interagency Working Group on Ocean Acidification (IWG-OA) Joint Monitoring Inventory Task Force. The Task Force is charged with developing and completing an inventory of West Coast monitoring of chemical, physical and biological parameters that inform our understanding of long-term oceanic change.
Updates to voluntary commitment
Release a Letter of Commitment that will commit Oregon to the OA Alliances purpose and overall goals and outline the current actions being taken to address ocean acidification in Oregon and outline a timeline to develop an Oregon Ocean Acidification Action Plan.
Release an Oregon Ocean Acidification Action Plan by June 2019.
Continue our commitment to understanding and improving ocean acidification monitoring across the West Coast.
Continue our commitment to the PCC and OA Alliance through providing leadership on monitoring, policy development and regional/global coalition building to develop solutions to ocean acidification.
Staff / Technical expertise
Oregon staff have contributed to the creation of the OA Alliances OA Action Plan toolkit and additional supporting materials to guide members in the creation of their own unique Ocean Acidification Action Plans; state, federal and academic partnerships wi
Staff time of executive agency representatives.