Friday, September 16, 2016

The Ocean Foundation is the community foundation for the ocean.

Ocean Acidification is dissolving the base of the food chain in the ocean, and threatens global food security.  It is caused by the carbon emissions from our cars, planes and factories.  The Ocean Foundation has been working on OA for over 13 years.
 

At Our Ocean 2014, we launched the Friends of the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON) to fund the expansion of the network.
 

With funding from the Henry, Oak, Marisla, and Norcross Wildlife Foundations, we have conducted trainings in Mozambique for 16 scientists from 11 nations, and supported 5 scientists from 5 nations to attend a GOA-ON workshop in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.
 

This summer, with funding and partnership from the State Department, the Heising-Simons Foundation, the XPrize Foundation and Sunburst Sensors, we conducted a workshop in Mauritius for 18 scientists from 9 African nations.
 

When we started there were only 2 members of GOA-ON in all of the African Continent, and now there are over 30.
 

We are making sure each new member of the Network has the training, capacity, and equipment needed to report on OA from their nation and be a full participant in the Observing Network.

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The ApHRICA OA training team

 

To ensure ongoing capacity, we are fostering Pier-to-Peer mentoring, and providing a stipend to maintain monitoring and the equipment.
 

Over the next three years, we will train 50 more scientists in the Pacific Islands, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Arctic to research and monitor ocean acidification, provide them with ocean acidification observing equipment, to further expand the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network.

$300,000 in funding from the US for 2 of the workshops (capacity building and equipment) was announced at this meeting.  We are actively seeking funding for the other 2.
 

We are also seeking partners to support a Secretariat to manage GOA-ON and the data and knowledge it produces.
 

Lastly, The United States announced $195,000 in funding to support mitigation of climate change through conservation and restoration of blue carbon sinks such as mangrove forests and seagrass meadows.  SeaGrass Grow will offset this conference and more; through restoration of blue carbon sinks in developing nations.