Why an “Ocean and Climate” platform?

The ocean is a key element of the global climate system, but so far it has been relatively absent from discussions on climate change. For all of us participating in the Ocean and Climate Platform, it is essential to include the ocean among the issues and challenges discussed in the context of climate negociations.

World Ocean Day: Make our ocean healthy again  

  With more than 8000 participants, ministers, heads of states and the entire ocean community, the first United Nations Ocean conference successfully continues today with the world ocean day. This demonstrates the ocean has become a major priority for the international community.       Pollution, acidification, deoxygenation, overfishing…These threats amongst many others to the ocean and its ecosystems’ health…

Report of the first Ocean & Climate Initiatives Alliance Meeting

Climate change will have a major impact on the ocean, its ecosystems, maritime activities and coastal populations. Simultaneously, the ocean is a source of adaptation and mitigation solutions. In light of this ambivalent observation, a strong international coordinated mobilization of State-actors, the scientific community and civil society arose around the ocean and climate thematic prior to COP21 and until the…

French Polynesia: a climate refuge for the survival of coral reefs in the future?

A new model predicts that French Polynesia will serve as a climate refuge for the survival of coral reefs in the future New climate model projections of the world’s coral reefs reveal which reefs will be hit first by annual coral bleaching, an event that poses the gravest threat to one of the Earth’s most important ecosystems. These high-resolution projections,…