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Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions at COP27

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Attendees of the annual United Nations Conference on Climate Change, the world's largest meeting on climate action, are in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt from November 6 – 18, 2022. Also known as COP27, the conference convenes heads of state, diplomats, scientists, non-governmental organizations, and members of civil society. Bordered by the Red and Mediterranean Seas and home to the sprawling Nile River Delta, Egypt is a timely reminder of how oceans, rivers, and lakes play a role in addressing the climate crisis. Research Scientist Michelle Tigchelaar and André Hoffmann Ocean Innovation Fellow Josheena Naggea are attending from the Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions (COS), contributing to discussions on blue food, blue carbon, climate adaptation, and the next generation of ocean professionals. View conference and event highlights below. 

Conference highlights

Panel (hybrid)

Bright spots

On November 12, Josheena Naggea shared how her home nation of Mauritius is supporting small-scale fisheries for long-term sustainability. Link to recording forthcoming.

Pavilion programs (hybrid)

Action on food

On November 14, Michelle Tigchelaar celebrated the importance of diverse blue food systems for climate action at the first-ever Food Systems Pavilion.

Side event (hybrid)

Blue prosperity

On November 16, Michelle Tigchelaar shared how blue food communities can survive and thrive in the climate emergency in an event co-sponsored by COS. 

COP27 policy brief

Climate-smart blue foods

Blue foods can play a critical role in strategies that transition food systems towards net-zero emissions, helping build resilience in the face of climate change. 

Opinion

COP27: From surviving to thriving

Research Scientist Michelle Tigchelaar and Essam Yassin Mohammed of WorldFish argue that realizing "blue prosperity" will determine the future well-being of billions of the world’s most vulnerable people.

 Events with COS speakers


Tuesday, November 8, 2022 | 1:00 - 2:00 (PT) / 11:00 - 12:00 (local time) | Nature Pavilion (Blue Zone)
Global leadership on blue carbon: Keys to success
*In person only


Tuesday, November 8, 2022 | 4:00 - 4:55 (PT) / 13:00 - 13:55 (local time) | Moana Blue Pacific Pavilion (Blue Zone)
Building resilience in blue carbon ecosystems
*In person only


Thursday, November 10, 2022 | 4:30 - 6:00 (PT) / 13:30 - 15:00 (local time) | Ocean Pavilion
Leveraging the Ocean Decade to build the next generation of ocean professionals
*In person only


Thursday, November 10, 2022 | 7:00 - 7:55 (PT) / 16:00 - 16:55 (local time) | Moana Blue Pacific Pavilion (Blue Zone)
Youth voices for sustainable oceans and energy
*In person only


Friday, November 11, 2022 | 6:30 - 7:00 (PT) / 16:30 - 17:00 (local time) | Park Regency Hotel
The future of blue carbon
* In person only


Saturday, November 12, 2022 | 7:00 - 8:00 (PT) / 17:00 - 18:00 (local time) | Pacific Pavilion in the Resilience Hub (Blue Zone)
The Island Bright Spots Event Series: Fostering island-led local actions into global coalitions
*Link to recording forthcoming


Saturday, November 12, 2022 | 4:40 - 5:20 (PT) / 14:40 - 15:20 (local time) | Food Systems Pavilion (Blue Zone)
Building nutrient-dense global food systems
*Watch the recording


Monday, November 14, 2022 | 0:00 - 00:45 (PT) / 10:00 - 10:45 (local time) | Food Systems Pavilion (Blue Zone)
Aquatic foods as a climate-smart source of nutrition
*Watch the recording


Wednesday, November 16, 2022 | 4:00 - 5:00 (PT) / 14:00 - 15:00 (local time) | Resilience Hub (Blue Zone)
Unlocking blue prosperity: How blue food communities can survive and thrive in the climate emergency
*Watch the recording

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Video series

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Stanford attendees

More scholars from the Woods Institute for the Environment and the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability attended COP27 to engage on topics ranging from wildland fires to the carbon budget.

Q&A

Climate justice

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