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Ocean and Climate Ambition from COP25 to COP26 and Beyond – International Partnership on MPAs, Biodiversity, and Climate Change

Date & Time

Jun. 29, 2021
10:00am – 11:00am ET


*You can watch this event on the Atlantic Council's YouTube channel.  

As the Earth’s temperature rises, climate change and ocean acidification are affecting species, ecosystems, and people around the world. Greenhouse gas reduction targets are critical to protecting the ocean. In addition, nature-based solutions marine protected areas (MPAs) are widely recognized as an effective, nature-based solution for climate change mitigation and conserving biodiversity. Global collaboration is key to achieving climate benefits provided by MPAs.   

What is the role of MPAs and MPA networks as nature-based solutions for biodiversity conservation and climate change mitigation, adaptation, and resilience? How are countries from the northern and southern hemispheres working together to solve one of the world’s most pressing issues?  

Join the Wilson Center's Latin American Program and Environmental Change and Security Program, the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center and Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, Mission Blue, and the Chilean Embassy in the United States, on Tuesday, June 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. EDT, for a public discussion on the importance of the ocean in climate change and biodiversity negotiations. This event will also mark the launch of the International Partnership on MPAs, Biodiversity, and Climate Change, an alliance between ministries and marine protected area agencies from Chile, Costa Rica, France, United Kingdom, and the United States to dramatically scale up ocean and climate action during this decisive decade. Learn more at:

Welcome remarks

Margaret Jackson, Deputy Director, Climate and Advanced Energy, Global Energy Center, Atlantic Council

Opening remarks

Carolina Schmidt, Minister of Environment – COP25 President, Government of Chile

Panel discussion

Andrea Meza, Minister of Environment and Energy, Government of Costa Rica

Stéphane Crouzat, French Ambassador for Climate Change Negotiations, Government of France

Paul M. Scholz, Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Dan Laffoley, Marine Vice Chair, International Union for Conservation of Nature/Mission Blue

Closing remarks

Dr. Gemma Harper, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Joint Nature Conservation Committee

Hosted By

Latin American Program

The Wilson Center’s prestigious Latin American Program provides non-partisan expertise to a broad community of decision makers in the United States and Latin America on critical policy issues facing the Hemisphere. The Program provides insightful and actionable research for policymakers, private sector leaders, journalists, and public intellectuals in the United States and Latin America. To bridge the gap between scholarship and policy action, it fosters new inquiry, sponsors high-level public and private meetings among multiple stakeholders, and explores policy options to improve outcomes for citizens throughout the Americas. Drawing on the Wilson Center’s strength as the nation’s key non-partisan forum, the Program serves as a trusted source of analysis and a vital point of contact between the worlds of scholarship and action.  Read more

Environmental Change and Security Program

The Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) explores the connections between environmental change, health, and population dynamics and their links to conflict, human insecurity, and foreign policy.  Read more

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