Protecting the Ocean We Need - Securing the Future We Want

Despite being the largest biosphere on Earth and a central component of the climate system, the ocean has not featured in previous UNFCCC COP meetings and has been largely ignored within the process. In an effort to the bring the ocean and its significance into climate discussions – both as a climate regulator and the impacts felt from global warming -- the High Seas Alliance helped to support a team of advocates and communicators at the Paris COP21.

The first Global Marine Protected Areas Partner Summit was held in Redlands, California November 2-3. The meeting was convened by Marine Conservation Institute (a High Seas Alliance member organization) and hosted by Esri, the world’s leading vendor of geographic information systems, to bring together marine conservation organizations and prominent scientists, including Dr.

Home to extraordinary biological diversity, the ocean is also the world’s largest active carbon sink. Blue carbon refers to carbon associated with the ocean. Blue carbon encompasses carbon capture by plankton, algae and bacteria; capture and long-term storage by complex plants and their ecosystems in coastal regions; and carbon pathways, pumps and trophic cascades associated with larger marine animals.