The Ocean and Climate Platform is an international multi-stakeholder network, born on 10 June 2014 during World Oceans Day, with the support of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO).
Today, the Ocean and Climate Platform gathers more than 70 members – research institutes, NGOs, aquariums, private sector entities, French institutions and international agencies, and local communities – who work together to deliver the message of “a healthy Ocean, a protected climate”. Although the Ocean is particularly vulnerable to climate change, it is also a solution to climate change adaptation and mitigation.
Thanks to its role of science-policy interface, the Ocean and Climate Platform fosters the exchanges between the scientific community, civil society and policy-makers. It aims at mobilising the largest number of actors for a better understanding and consideration of the scientific messages on the interactions between ocean, climate and biodiversity by policy-makers and the wider public.
The action of the Ocean and Climate Platform is centred on the following areas of work:
• Science :
The Ocean and Climate Platform is committed to increase the production of scientific knowledge on the ocean, climate and biodiversity issues, particularly through the activities of its Scientific Committee, who has recently contributed to the review of the “Ocean” sections of the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming at 1.5°C and who has also actively contributed to the negotiations for the production of a Special Report on Oceans and Cryosphere.
• Advocacy :
Advocating for a better integration of the Ocean into the national and international climate policies defines the Ocean and Climate Platform action since its creation and the integration of the Ocean into the preamble of the Paris Agreement during COP21.
• Awareness-raising :
Combating climate change requires a common understanding of the ocean, climate and biodiversity issues. This is why the Ocean and Climate Platform coordinates awareness-raising actions for the wider public such as the organisation of conferences and thematic workshops, but also the production of learning materials such as the scientific items or the guide for sustainable tourism by the sea.
• Mobilisation :
The Ocean and Climate Platform is also committed to make the civil society’s voice heard and participates to the mobilisations of ocean actors on ocean, climate and biodiversity issues during international negotiations and national and international events.