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Communicating Ocean Science for Climate Action
Despite the indisputable importance of the role of the ocean in climate adaptation and mitigation, the ocean science community has faced challenges in its attempts to effectively communicate critical aspects of the ocean-climate nexus to diverse audiences. These challenges affect the capacity and interest of stakeholders - from governments to the general public - to take evidenced based decisions and action that could simultaneously reverse the decline in ocean health, support human wellbeing and livelihoods, and contribute to reaching global climate aspirations. Such challenges need to be overcome rapidly given the urgency of the multiple and inter-related crises facing the ocean and the climate. In the context of COP27, the side event will convene ocean science and climate science communicators from governments, NGOs, philanthropy and academia in an interactive setting to identify existing challenges and explore priority actions in the to enhance the impact of communication of ocean science and knowledge for ocean action. The event will allow sharing of experience between the ocean and climate science communicator communities, with the aim of identifying best practices and pitfalls to avoid, thus accelerating thinking and tools that can be used to communicate ocean science for climate action. The event will be organised by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, in its role as coordinator of the framework of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (the Ocean Decade) and will contribute to the fulfilment of identified priorities for the Ocean Decade related to the ocean-climate nexus and the use of ocean science to trigger individual and institutional behaviour change in relation to the ocean. This event will build on the outcomes of a recent session at the 2022 UN Ocean Conference led by our partners, Communications Inc and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK Branch)

Nov 9, 2022 03:45 PM in Cairo

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