The ocean: a drop of water in the Paris climate negotiations


Adrien Comte Doctorant, UMR AMURE Institut Universitaire Européen de la Mer

Adrien Comte
Doctorant, UMR AMURE
Institut Universitaire Européen de la Mer

Having followed the COP for the past couple of weeks, it is now time to reflect on what happened and what can we take away from it. Because there are too many interesting subjects to cover and because I am an expert in none of them but (perhaps) one, I will focus on the case of the big blue ocean. The ocean has, for the first time during a COP, been at center stage for an entire day (out of 12, I admit). Read more...

Time to Bring the Value of Nature Back to Earth

About LP

In 1997, Robert Costanza and colleagues set out to do something audacious[1]. They estimated the value of nature. At the time, the general public did not pay much attention to the economic value of the living world. Costanza and his co-authors knew that nature had an economic value and it was likely to be huge. And that’s exactly what they found. They published a powerful and transformational paper in Nature[2] in which they estimated that the preliminary value of nature was on the order of $33 trillion per year. Read more...

Inserting “Oceans” into the Paris Climate Conversation

Marine scientists and conservation professionals are organizing to make “oceans” a priority at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) talks in Paris this December. Oceans, and the ecosystems they support, play an important role in mitigating the effects of climate change.

The Climate Meeting in Paris provides an opportunity to highlight the connections between oceans and climate—good and bad. But these meetings are the result of complicated and bureaucratic international processes and have all the constraints associated with major international agreements.  Read more...

A Blue Carbon Science Toolkit


Five Masters of Environmental Management students at Duke University have partnered with LabEx Mer to create a Blue Carbon Science Toolkit. The goal of the toolkit is to provide resource managers with key information on how to estimate carbon content of coastal ecosystems and essential understanding of carbon markets through an open access platform. Over the summer, part of the Duke team worked in coordination with Conservation International to perform a gap analysis and needs assessment to ensure the feasibility, diffusion, and adoption of the blue carbon toolkit. Read more...

Conference Catch Up

Coming Up:

Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) conference, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 9-13 November 2015

Like in Bali (2013), we will host a full two days of marine and coastal ecosystem services sessions within the ESP 2015 conference. THESE ARE NOT YOUR AVERAGE CONFERENCE SESSIONS! We’ve designed nearly 2 full days of interactive sharing and networking.

There will be three major sessions:

  • Application of MCES in the Real World: from local to national and supranational levels, Tuesday, 10 November 2015, 10-12:30. Co-hosted by Alexander van Oudenhoven and Linwood Pendleton.