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2021 Online Alumni CPD Course:
Preparatory Materials - Module 2

Materials for preparing for Module 2 sessions are listed below. Recommended readings have already been posted for Module 1 (UNCLOS and ABNJ) and will follow soon for Module 3 (Small-scale Fisheries).


MODULE 2: CLIMATE CHANGE AND HEALTH OF THE OCEAN

Session 5: Monday 18th October
    ERNESTA SWANEPOEL - CLIMATE CHANGE AND INTERNATIONAL LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS

    Preparatory reading/s: N/A

Session 6: Thursday 21st October - two lectures
    PETER WELLS - IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON THE OCEAN AND MARINE BIODIVERSITY

    Preparatory readings
    1. COP 26 Universities Network Briefing, “ Why the Ocean Matters in Climate Negotiations, June 2021

    plus one or both of:
    2. Peter G. Wells, “Health of the Ocean” in The Future of Ocean Governance and Capacity Development: Essays in Honour of Elisabeth Mann Borgese (1918-2002), edited by IOI-Canada (Leiden: Brill Nijhoff, 2018) pp. 192-198.
    3. Michael H. Depledge, "Oceans, Health, and Well-Being" in The Future of Ocean Governance and Capacity Development: Essays in Honour of Elisabeth Mann Borgese (1918-2002), edited by IOI-Canada (Leiden: Brill Nijhoff, 2018) pp. 199-204.
    Additional (optional) readings available on Google Drive under Module 2, Session 6, including an Editorial on "Ocean Literacy – Communicating Science in an Ocean Province".

    Questions (for reflection, not written responses): 1. What do the terms 'health', 'ocean health', and 'ecosystem health' mean to you, in the context of your experience? 2. What is the difference between contamination and pollution, as defined internationally in UNCLOS? 3. What are the sources of marine pollution in your country? 4. How important is monitoring (of all kinds) to understanding the short and long terms effects of marine pollution? 5. Are there other kinds of stressors, besides chemical pollution, impinging on coastal waters and how would they rank in importance? 6. Are there signs of resilience or recovery from any of the stressors on coastal waters of your country? 7. For your coastal and offshore waters, is ocean health staying the same, getting worse, or improving with time? 8. Have you heard of and used the Ocean Health Index (OHI) approach to describing ocean health in your country? 9. Are assessment reports on state of the oceans useful to policy and decision makers in governmental efforts to protect ocean health?

    KRISTINA BARCLAY - ADDRESSING OCEAN ACIDIFICATION: "THE OTHER CO2 PROBLEM"

    Preparatory readings
    1. Cross et al., 2019. "Building the Knowledge-to-Action Pipeline in North America: Connecting Ocean Acidification Research and Actionable Decision Support. Frontiers in Marine Science 6:356. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2019.00356
    2. OPTIONAL: Barker, S. & Ridgwell, A. (2012) "Ocean Acidification. Nature Education Knowledge 3(10):21

    Questions (for reflection, not written responses): 1. What are some of the primary concerns with respect to either current or future OA? 2. What are some key challenges or barriers to overcome in developing knowledge-to-action efforts with respect to OA? 3. What do you see as a major challenge?

Session 7: Monday 25th October


OPTIONAL EXTRAS

Published by maribus, World Ocean Review is another valuable source covering key topics in ocean and coastal governance.  Free copies can be downloaded below:
   


Last updated: 16th Octber 2021