There have been many key ocean moments in 2022, including progress on anti-DSM efforts, a ground-breaking CITES vote for shark protection, the first formal step towards a Global Plastics Treaty, and a WTO agreement on fisheries subsidies, to name a few.
This year was a big one for the ocean. As we move towards the end of the Ocean Super Year, and with conferences still ongoing all around us, there is much still to be both won and lost for ocean and planetary protection.
In this briefing we look back at the past twelve months and forward to 2023 to take stock of the ocean communications world. We ask, what is working? What is changing? And what do we need to consider as we enter the year ahead?
Ocean groups reacted with relief to the announcement from CBD COP15 that states have committed to a target of 30% protection by 2030 (30×30) of land and sea as part of the new Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) that was just adopted in Montreal.
Video Updates from the UN Biodiversity Conference
The COP15 UN Biodiversity Conference – aka the “Nature COP” – taking place in Montreal, Canada, from the 7th to the 16th of December, is a vital opportunity for the world to come together and agree on a global plan to stop the nature crisis and reverse the biodiversity loss that is accelerating across the planet. But Ministers and negotiators are at risk of forgetting that nature is also blue.
Montreal, a city that links rivers, lakes, land and sea, is a fitting location for humanity to agree a new plan to live in harmony with nature. And that’s exactly what needs to happen at the COP15 UN Biodiversity Conference – aka the Nature COP – from 7-19 December. It’s a landmark moment years in the making and on the table is a Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework to set transformative new goals and targets to confront the nature crisis.
We’re thrilled to announce that a new evidence-based collection of impactful and diverse imagery of ocean, coastal and climate stories has been released by Climate Visuals ahead of COP27. The Ocean Visuals collection, is accessible and free to use by the media, journalists, non-profit sector, campaigners and educators in articles and communications. The initiative is a partnership between Climate Visuals and Communications Inc.
Putting the ocean at the heart of climate solutions
The 27th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP27), taking place from 6-18 November 2022 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, is an opportunity to catalyze ocean climate action up the political agenda and raise public awareness that we cannot tackle the climate emergency, without putting ocean protection at the heart of climate solutions.
Climate Visuals, in collaboration with Communications Inc, have launched the Ocean Visuals project to catalyse a new evidence-based collection of impactful and truly diverse ocean and coastal climate imagery.