COP23: ZMT at the UN Climate Change Conference 2017 in Bonn

From November 6 to 17, the UN Climate Change Conference 2017 (COP23) under Presidency of the Government of Fiji will take place in Bonn. Up to 25,000 participants from science, diplomacy, politics and civil society are expected at the conference. Scientists from the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) will also attend the COP23 to give a talk or be part of a panel discussion during the side events.
On November 8, Dr. Tim Jennerjahn, head of the work group Ecological Biogeochemistry at ZMT, will give a talk at the Indonesian Pavilion as part of a side event „Blue Carbon Initiative: Blue Growth for Sustainable Coastal Livelihood" hosted by the Indonesian Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. His talk "Blue carbon – on the role of coastal wetlands for carbon emission reduction targets" will highlight the important role of tropical coastal ecosystems for carbon storage. In relation to their surface area mangroves, salt marshes and seagrass meadows store more carbon than any other ecosystems at land and sea. They are particularly efficient sinks for CO2, but highly vulnerable to anthropogenic threats and climate change.

On November 10, Prof. Dr. Anna-Katharina Hornidge, head of Social Sciences at ZMT, is co-hosting a panel discussion together with the German UNESCO Commission, the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), EU PolarNet, the COST-Action network „Ocean Governance for Sustainability" and GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel.

Titled „Oceans, Climate and the Role of Science II - Science and Science Funding for Understanding the Ocean-Climate Nexus" and held at the EU Pavilion, this side event will reflect on the European marine science scape in and for climate policies by bringing together donor representatives from the EU and selected member states, policy makers, marine scientist and representatives from international NGOs and UN organisations. Please see attached programme flyer for details on speakers and panelists.

On November 11, Dr. Sebastian Ferse, coral reef expert and head of the junior research group „Human Agency, Resilience and Diversity in Coral Reefs" will give a talk during the „German Science Hour" of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) at the German Pavilion. As part of the event „Our ocean future: marine ecosystems under climate change", Dr. Ferse will report on his research on the resilience of coral reef systems in Pacific Islands affected by global change.

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08.11.2017 | 10:30 am – 12:00 pm | Indonesian Pavilion:

Blue Carbon Initiative: Blue Growth for Sustainable Coastal Livelihood (amongst others with Dr. Tim Jennerjahn from ZMT)

10.11.2017 | 2:15 pm – 3:45 pm | EU Pavilion:

Oceans, Climate and the Role of Science II: Science and Science Funding for Understanding the Ocean-Climate Nexus. Please see attached programme flyer for details on speakers and panelists.

11.11.2017 | 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm | German Pavilion:

German Science Hour: Our ocean future – marine ecosystems under climate change (amongst others with Dr. Sebastian Ferse from ZMT)