Over the course of COP23, ocean stakeholders stepped up efforts to bridge the gap between climate and ocean issues. Most of the state and non-state actors involved in these discussions made a shift in their approach, moving from what was a call to action towards more practical discussions about how to create institutional linkages between these issues.

IDDRI took part in a Because the Ocean workshop, which focused on ways to better integrate ocean and coastal issues into nationally determined contributions (NDCs), in the chapters on both mitigation and adaptation. COP23 was also marked by a desire for convergence between the many existing initiatives on ocean-climate issues. The Fijian COP23 presidency thus launched the “Ocean Pathway Partnership”, aimed at creating synergies between the different ocean-climate initiatives and at organising discussions in the next few years on avenues for formally integrating ocean issues into the Climate Convention (UNFCCC).


9am - 1pm, Hilton Hotel

Organisation: Chilean Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, with the support of IDDRI and the Tara Foundation.

Presentation: Two years after the creation of the “Because the Ocean” coalition, which now gathers 30 States that wish to better link ocean and climate issues, this event will aim to identify ways to better integrate the ocean into Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

Alexandre Magnan will give a presentation on "Ocean solutions to climate change: potential effectiveness, benefits and drawbacks".

Aleksandar Rankovic will be the note taker of the event and will co-sign the event report.


  • Hans-Otto Pörtner (IPCC Working Group II Co-Chair)
  • Alexandre Magnan (IDDRI)

Key-messages of the workshop