Ocean Acidification - the Other CO2 Problem
Ocean acidification is an emerging global concern and is a risk to marine biodiversity, ecosystems and human society.
Organized during the 19th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP19), this side event will highlight initiatives to address the challenges associated with ocean acidification, including the need for greater international observation and coordination.
The side event is coordinated by the IOC-UNESCO in partnership with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), the International Maritime the International Organization (IMO) and the Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP).
The COP has been meeting annually to assess progress in dealing with climate change. It adopts decisions and resolutions that make up a detailed set of rules for practical and effective implementation of the Convention. It also serves as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol. UNESCO and its Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission both participate in the Conference of the Parties as observers.