The Ocean Gains 22 New Friends in Paris

Written by on December 14, 2015 in Policy & Ocean Law

In Paris last week, the ocean was a bigger topic than ever before. Twenty-two nations supported the Because the Ocean Declaration, which contains three concrete objectives:

  1. A Special Report on the ocean by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC),
  2. The UN Conference on the Ocean and Seas to establish a regular review of Sustainable Development Goal 14, to be held in Fiji in 2017, and
  3. The “elaboration of an ocean action plan under the UNFCCC”.
Open ocean.

Open ocean. Photo credit: Emily Tripp.

“The creation of the Because the Ocean group of countries here in Paris highlights the importance of the ocean for the climate and the importance of the climate for the ocean,” José María Figueres, Co-chair of the Global Ocean Commission, said in a news release.

Because the Ocean was organized by the Global Ocean Commission and several partners as a way to ensure that the ocean — which absorbs 25% of carbon dioxide emissions and 90% of “heat associated with climate change” — didn’t get overlooked, as it so often does.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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