Ana Hilário and Patrícia Esquete (CESAM/DBIO) participated in the preparation of a policy brief that will be presented at COP28

The researchers from CESAM/DBIO, Ana Hilário and Patrícia Esquete, in collaboration with members of the global expert network DOSI (Deep Ocean Stewardship Initiative), have developed a new policy brief. This document will be presented during the 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP28, which is set to begin next week in Dubai.

The document, titled “Incorporating Deep-Ocean Biodiversity into Climate Change Policy“, highlights the importance of deep-ocean biodiversity for climate stability, emphasizing the negative impacts of human interference in these ecosystems. It advocates for the importance of integrating the protection of deep-ocean biodiversity into the policies of the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change).

DOSI is a global network that brings together experts in the fields of science, technology, policy, law, and economics, providing advice on ecosystem-based management in the deep ocean and strategies to preserve the integrity of these ecosystems within and beyond national borders.

COP28 is scheduled for November 30 to December 12 in the United Arab Emirates. These conferences primarily aim to negotiate policies among governments to limit the increase in global temperature and adapt to the impacts associated with climate change. COP28 will be a crucial moment to assess global progress under the Paris Agreement, mobilizing collective action to limit the increase in global temperature and adapt to the existing effects of climate change.