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Before the Blue COP April 13,2019   |  Source: IISD

Organized by the Because the Ocean Initiative, the Technical Workshop ‘Before the Blue COP’ was held from 10-11 April 2019, at the Headquarters of the Spanish Ministry for the Ecological Transition’s Fundación Biodiversidad, in Madrid, Spain.

The conference brought together 50 participants from government and the scientific community. They discussed examples of ocean action that can contribute to mitigating and adapting to climate change, improving the resilience of coastal communities, and increasing the conservation of marine ecosystems.

The workshop featured sessions and roundtables that addressed, among other issues: the state of knowledge concerning climate and ocean change; synergies and gaps in climate and ocean actions; and national perspectives on the ocean-climate nexus.

The main takeaways from the workshop will be compiled with those emerging from other regional workshops, such as one held in 2018 in Santiago, Chile, and another to be held in May 2019 in Suva, Fiji.

Overall recommendations from the Because the Ocean workshops series will be brought to the attention of the 51st session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the 2019 UN Climate Summit, and the 25th session of the UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 25).

Theme(s): Fisheries Development and Aquaculture.

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