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December 2

Tara “Ocean and Climate” Pavilion, Port des Champs Elysées – Paris

Attend to a full day of conferences on Islands and Climate Change, with focus on impacts for coral Reefs, marine biodiversity role for mitigation and adaptation strategies for islands and coastal communities

Ocean and Climate Platform, IOC, ICRI, AOSIS


Near the coast or in the open ocean, small islands already experience first hand the different impacts of climate change. Rising sea level, ocean warming, deoxygenation, acidification, the climate change is already causing biodiversity loss, extreme weather events and other threats to coastal communities and particularly small islands. These populations are often vulnerable and lack both the support and funds to tackle climate change-induced impacts. On the other hand, their traditional knowledge is fundamental to built adaptation strategies and local solutions.  This day of conferences and debates will be an opportunity to share experience and foster synergies between the different projects and solutions available or being developed for adaptation, mitigation and finance for the pacific region and small islands in general.

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–       François SIMARD – Deputy Director and Senior Advisor for Fisheries, IUCN Global Marine and Polar Programme

–       Romain TROUBLE – Secretary General, Tara Expeditions

–       Kate BROWN – Executive Director, GLISPA

–       Sylvie GOYET – Director, Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability, Pacific Community (SPC)

–       Kosi LATU- Deputy Director General, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP)

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“Climate change and coral reefs: understanding risks and impacts”

Chair: François SIMARD – Deputy Director and Senior Advisor for Fisheries, IUCN Global Marine and Polar Programme

General introduction on coral reefs – role for marine biodiversity: Keynote

-         Coral reef scientists’ consensus on the need for reduced carbon dioxide emissions,

Sue WELLS, International Society for Reef Studies, Cambridge, UK.

-        Status of Coral Reefs of the Pacific and Outlook – The case of Hawaii and coral bleaching events,

Rusty BRAINARD, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

-       From reef to ridge: climate change impacts on coral reefs affect coastal communities in SIDS, followed by

-       The Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) Programme

David SHEPPARD, DG, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP)

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12:00 – 14:00 – LUNCH BREAK

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14:05-15:30 – Solutions for Climate Compatible Development in the context of islands and coastal communities. With GLISPA and RARE

Introduction by Ari HUHTALA – Deputy CEO

-       Case studies, Brett JENKS – CEO of RARE

1) Colombia: Scaling of community-led watershed agreements by strengthening long-term local and regional scale institutional capacity to improve water quality and supply, restore riparian landscapes and reduce deforestation

Philippines: An integrated approach to social resilience of coastal communities, sustainable fishing, and recovery of coral reefs, mangroves, and other critical habitats

 –       Intervention of the President of Federated States of Micronesia, Peter M. CHRISTIAN

-       Aloha – An integrated approach to climate change and development and the lessons learned, Senator Brian SCHATZ (TBC), Hawaii

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 15:30-17h – Challenges for adaptation and mitigation for Islands and coastal communities

Chair: François-Xavier DUPORGE, Secretary General, French Global Environment Facility (FFEM)

-       The vulnerability of Pacific and small islands via the impact of climate change on the world’s coral reefs, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg

-       Developing innovative financial mechanisms for the resilience of ecosystems and societies: opportunities and barriers in SIDS, Raphaël BILLÉ, RESCCUE Project Coordinator, Pacific Community (SPC)

-       Role of coastal ecosystems in mitigating the impact of climate change in the Indian Ocean, Jean-Baptiste ROUTIER, Environment and Natural Resources technical assistant, IOC

–       Sustainable management of coastal ecosystems in the Philippines and adaptation to climate change, Maria-Josella PANGILINAN, Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction Programme Manager (International Conservation)

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*** Presentation of the TARA OCEANS Pacific Expedition – Romain TROUBLÉ ***

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Chair: Sylvie GOYET – Director, Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability, Pacific Community (SPC)

High-level closing panel

–       H.E. Tommy REMENGESAU – President of Palau

–       Philippe GERMAIN, President of New Caledonia

–       Representative of Fiji