Pacific Rim Ocean-Climate Action Partnership

As stewards of the world’s largest ocean, Pacific leaders are working together in the face of climate change to protect the Pacific and the billions of people who rely on its health.

Climate change and its effects—including ocean acidification, warming and deoxygenation—are devastating the ocean. At the same time, the ocean is a critical source of overlooked climate mitigation and adaptation solutions. Ambitious and coordinated leadership is necessary to address the interrelated ocean and climate crises. 

The Pacific Rim Ocean-Climate Action Partnership (PROCAP) is a leadership coalition, which will include willing non-state and state actors, such as countries, states and provinces, towns and cities, organizations, and the private sector. The members of this national-subnational partnership resolve to:

  • Drive ambitious reductions in greenhouse gas emissions;
  • Maximize sustainable ocean-related mitigation measures; and
  • Build the climate resilience of ocean and coastal ecosystems as well as the communities and economies on the frontlines of ocean and climate change.

Specifically, members of the partnership are dedicated to the near-term actions and longer-term goals in its Charter to Protect the Pacific.


Carmen Cromer

Charter to Protect the Pacific

Members of the partnership pledge to:

  • Take Action on Carbon Pollution. Members will maximally increase ambition to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, communicating this ambition in updated climate plans—such as nationally determined contributions, long-term low greenhouse gas emission development strategies and subnational climate commitments—and aiming to reach carbon neutrality by midcentury. This includes maximally increasing ambition to reduce carbon dioxide emissions to combat ocean acidification.
  • Take Action for Ocean Mitigation. Members will maximize ocean-related mitigation through efforts such as protecting and restoring coastal blue carbon ecosystems, increasing well-sited offshore renewable energy, reducing emissions from fisheries and other ocean industries and reducing emissions from domestic and international maritime transport, as appropriate to national or subnational circumstances. Members will communicate their ambitions for ocean-related mitigation in updated climate plans.
  • Take Action for Ocean Resilience. Members will maximize ecosystem-based adaptation to build the resilience of ocean and coastal ecosystems and the communities and livelihoods on the frontlines of ocean acidification, sea-level rise and other climate impacts. This includes reducing other human-caused stressors on the ocean. It also includes supporting the goal to highly protect at least 30% of the global ocean by 2030 and supporting ecosystem-based management through marine spatial planning or other integrated ocean management approaches for 100% of ocean waters under their jurisdiction by 2030. Members will communicate their ambitions for ocean ecosystem-based adaptation in updated climate plans, such as nationally determined contributions, adaptation communications or subnational climate commitments. In addition, members will leverage the resources, expertise and actions of related efforts and initiatives of members, such as the Ocean Pathway Partnership.

Find the original charter text here. 

PROCAP Ocean-Climate Ambition Declaration

Members of the Pacific Rim Ocean-Climate Action Partnership announced the Ocean-Climate Ambition Declaration at COP26, reaffirming their commitments to protect the world’s largest ocean and increasing their ambitions beyond the Charter to tackle the climate crisis.

Learn more. 


David Kovaz

Membership

The Pacific Rim Ocean-Climate Action Partnership had its soft-launch at COP25 in Madrid, with founding members Fiji, California, Costa Rica, Peru and Panama. The Partnership is now doing collaborative work around ocean-climate action and preparing for a formal launch.

 

To join or inquire about the Partnership, please contact Whitney Berry of the acting secretariat at [email protected].

Events

Ocean-Climate Ambition Declaration Press Release
12 November 2021 | COP26 | Glasgow

COP26 is a crucial moment to build and strengthen on COP25 (the “Blue COP”) and the UNFCCC ocean-climate dialogue that occurred in December of 2020. This is the time for countries and non-state actors to establish clear commitments for the protection of the oceans through climate action. Read the press release here.

Creating a Blue-Green Future
Advancing ocean-climate solutions in the arc toward COP26
22 September 2020 | 04:00pm EDT
New York Climate Week

With a number of key moments to advance ocean-climate action on the horizon—including the U.N. ocean-climate dialogue in November 2020, the ongoing submission of NDCs, and the U.N. climate conference in November 2021 (COP26)—please join us for a discussion on how countries can create a blue-green future.

Climate change is the greatest threat to the ocean and the coastal communities that rely on its health. Yet the ocean is also a source of sustainable climate solutions. A comprehensive climate strategy will maximize ocean-based measures—from decarbonizing the shipping sector to protecting and restoring coastal blue carbon ecosystems—to complement the full suite of policies necessary to phase out carbon pollution and build climate resilience for frontline communities and ecosystems.

Ocean-Climate Leadership at the Blue COP
09 December 2019 | 11:30am – 12:45pm CET
U.S. Climate Action Center | COP25 | Madrid

The ocean and climate are inextricably connected. Climate change is threatening marine resources, ocean ecosystems, coastal economies and communities, and the billions of people who rely on the ocean’s health. At the same time, the ocean is a source of mitigation and adaptation solutions, from reducing shipping emissions to protecting and restoring blue carbon ecosystems. At this event, U.S. nonfederal and international leaders will discuss their ocean-climate actions and announce new initiatives that are launching at the “Blue COP.”

Pacific Rim Ocean-Climate Action Partnership
Moderation: Gwynne Taraska, Director, Climate Program, Ocean Conservancy

  • Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Minister for Economy, Fiji
  • Secretary Wade Crowfoot, Secretary of Natural Resources, State of California
  • Vice Minister Haydée Rodríguez Romero, Vice Minister of Water and Seas, Costa Rica
  • Minister Fabiola Martha Muñoz Dodero, Minister of Environment, Peru
  • Minister Milciades Concepción, Minister of Environment, Panama

Anne Krauss