Prioritising marine climate change issues in the UK Overseas Territories. Special Report: Looking Ahead To Cop26: Climate Change In The Commonwealth.

Frost, MT; Buckley, P. 2021 Prioritising marine climate change issues in the UK Overseas Territories. Special Report: Looking Ahead To Cop26: Climate Change In The Commonwealth.. Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. (The Parliamentarian, 2021 Issue 3, Page 260)

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Abstract/Summary

The 14 UK Overseas Territories (UKOTs) collectively represent the 5th largest marine estate in the world, and almost 90% of the sea area for which the UK is responsible. The UKOTs contain 94% of the UK’s unique biodiversity, much of it in their seas. Given the extent and richness of their marine and coastal environments, it is little wonder the territories are key for delivering the UK government’s targets and ambitions for the ocean. This includes the Global Ocean Alliance 30 by 30 initiative, which is being led by the UK. Its aim is to protect at least 30% of the global ocean as Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and Other Effective area-based Conservation Measures (OECMs) by 2030. These unique territories, and their associated communities, are under threat from climate change. The UK Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership (MCCIP), working closely with the UK Overseas Territories Association (UKOTA), the UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), and Great British Oceans, has carried out the first ever comprehensive assessment of climate change impacts across all UK Overseas Territories. Adopting MCCIP core principles of community engagement and scientific integrity, the key climate change issues facing the UKOTs have been identified, independently reviewed, and summarised for a policy audience. Around 100 scientific experts and UKOT representatives across six geographic regions (Polar, Pacific, South Atlantic, Mediterranean, Caribbean and Mid Atlantic, and Indian Ocean) were brought together to identify key climate change issues for the 14 UKOTs.

Item Type: Publication - Report (UNSPECIFIED)
Additional Keywords: COP26, Climate Change, UK Overseas Territories, Environments, Biodiversity
Subjects: Earth Sciences
Marine Sciences
Policies
Divisions: Marine Biological Association of the UK > Knowledge Exchange
Depositing User: Tamar Atkinson
Date made live: 14 Mar 2022 11:13
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2022 11:13
URI: http://plymsea.ac.uk/id/eprint/9602

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