Collaborative climate action from the water and ocean communities
“Water must be central to fighting climate change and by working together, the freshwater and ocean communities hold the key to unlocking powerful climate solutions.”
Despite the health of freshwater, coasts, and the ocean – from source to sea – being paramount for concerted and ambitious climate action, the water, ocean, and climate communities tend to tackle their issues independently of each other, without recognizing the deep connections they have. Bridging institutional silos and harmonizing policies and planning within countries allows for the implementation of holistic management approaches, from source to sea. Such an approach, is essential for unlocking water across the full water cycle as a powerful tool in climate mitigation and adaptation.
“It’s very exciting that the water and ocean communities are finally coming together to collaborate about climate,” commented Ruth Mathews, Coordinator of the Action Platform for Source-to-Sea Management. “By recognizing our interdependencies and joining forces we can create a unified approach to tackling the biggest problem to ever face humankind. Aligning our goals within climate strategies and speaking with one voice across the source-to-sea continuum will undoubtedly reap rewards.”
“By recognizing our interdependencies and joining forces we can create a unified approach to tackling the biggest problem to ever face humankind.”
The event will be comprised of a dialogue for the two communities to:
- Overcome challenges in cross-sectoral collaboration and determine concrete mechanisms that will allow them to work in unison.
- Investigate the level of understanding they have of their interdependencies and document areas where a lack of knowledge exists.
- Explore how they can work collectively towards the overall goals of improving communication, data sharing, and positive outcomes for the world.
- Identify research, governance, and finance needs for the advancement of holistic climate solutions.
“Water, whether fresh or salty, has too long been left out of the climate negotiations despite it being a fundamental source of life on Earth and a potential resource for climate solutions of all sorts,” said Kilaparti Ramakrishna, Director of the Marine Policy Center and Senior Advisor to the President on Ocean and Climate Policy at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. “By bringing together the water and ocean communities at COP28, we hope to kickstart a long-lasting collaboration with the potential to reap significant benefits for those most severely affected by climate change. The Ocean Pavilion is proud to host this meeting of our two communities.”
“By bringing together the water and ocean communities at COP28, we hope to kickstart a long-lasting collaboration with the potential to reap significant benefits for those most severely affected by climate change.”
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