One Ocean Hub’s COP26 side events registration now open!

The UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 31 October – 12 November 2021. through various side events, hosted by the one ocean hub and partners, we are committed to Highlight why integrated ocean governance is essential to tackling climate change. Sign up for our events below.

Ocean and Climate Change: Building Adaptation, Mitigation, and Resilience

When: 27 September 2021, 11:00-13.00 GMT

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Organised by: The One Ocean Hub for the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Climate Adaptation and Resilience Online Series.

The event is aimed to explore the impacts of climate change and strategies to build adaptation and mitigation processes. It will also showcase the One Ocean Hub research on climate change impacts and building adaptation and resilience that is built on existing networks in some of our focus countries. The One Ocean Hub adopts inter- and trans-disciplinarity. We work with stakeholders and experts from varied disciplines including marine science, law, anthropology, sociology, history, and arts.

Climate-related conflict: arts-based mediation and recourse to redress

When: 10 November 2021 2.30-5pm GMT

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Organised by: The One Ocean Hub, the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance, and the Independent Redress Mechanism (IRM) of the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

A short animation film titled Indlela yokuphila (“The soul’s journey”) made by artists, traditional healers, marine sociologists, and deep-sea marine ecologists from South Africa will be screened at the event. It will be followed by a discussion of the One Ocean Hub’s findings on how to use art-based mediation in climate-related conflict and the role of small-scale fishers as environmental human rights defenders. The IRM will present different avenues through which the IRM provides recourse to complaints arising from the adverse impacts of GCF projects and programmes.

Venue: Level 3 of the new Learning & Teaching Building, TL328, University of Strathclyde

Law and Governance on the Ocean-Climate Change nexus

When: 5 November 2021, details on time for the panel will follow.

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The event will bring marine and climate experts, together to discuss the impacts of climate change and ocean acidification on the marine environment and ecosystem services, potential mitigation and adaptation measures. The aim of the event is to identify synergies between the law of the sea and the climate change regimes that could maximise the effectiveness of potential responses to ongoing and significant changes in the marine ecosystems (and their services to humans) from the local to the global levels as a result from climate change. Ocean warming and acidification has been already affecting marine productivity (including fisheries), carbon sink processes, distribution of species, and ocean currents patterns. Some of these changes (or the combination of those) could lead to irreversible tipping points in marine systems and the planet more broadly. Hence, the need for a more integrated approach in interpreting and negotiating decisions under relevant global frameworks regarding oceans, climate and biodiversity.

The COP26 summit will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.


Our recent publications on climate change theme explore opportunities for climate mitigation and adaptation through transformative ocean governance (here and here) and the impacts of climate change on the distribution of commercially important fisheries (available here and here).