Conference.11 Nov 2022, 9:00 - 10:30 EET

The Ocean, its ecosystems, and the UNFCCC: what actions now for effective Ecosystem based Adaptation

Effective Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) could provide local adaptation & mitigation options but with rapidly advancing climate change is there a still a window of opportunity for such investment & action? Is there a global warming limit when this window will close? This is a side event at the Ocean Pavilion at COP27.

The expert panelists will bring the latest scientific evidence to the event to better inform policy makers on Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA), its uncertainties, its co-benefits, and temperature & time limits for action through short interventions & an interactive moderator-led round table discussion followed by Q&A with the audience.

The event will inspire Parties & non-Parties to include realistic & effective marine EbA within their NDCs & to raise all Nations’ ambition to keep 1.5°C alive. Short interventions by panel members & an interactive panel discussion led by the moderator will be followed by Q&A with the audience.

Source-to-SeaWater and climate
11 Nov 2022, 9:00 - 10:30 EET
Online, Sharm El Sheikh (Egypt)
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Moderator: Carol Turley, Head of International Office, Plymouth Marine Laboratory

Panelists (3 minutes each):

  • Hans Otto Pörtner, Co-Chair IPCC WGII
  • Mayor Jean Te of Libertad, Antique, Philippines
  • David Obura, Founding Director, CORDIO, East Africa
  • Nozi Mbongwa, Oceans Alive, South Africa (pre-recorded)
  • Ruth Mathews, Source 2 Sea (virtual)

Panel discussion around the following questions:

  1. What are the pros and cons of EbA?
  2. Are there warming and time limits for EbA? Is there a window of opportunity and if so when will that shut?
  3. How would you ensure effective EbA now and in the future?
  4. What would realistic and effective EbA look like?
  5. Would you encourage investment in EbA and if so, why?
  6. What are the similarities and differences between Ecosystem Adaptation and Nature Based Solutions?
  7. How can science best help effective EbA implementation?