To carry the voice of the ocean together
In 2015, during the COP21 in Paris, actors from civil society spoke with one voice on the climate challenges around the ocean to call out to decision makers but also to the public and the media. Thanks to that mobilisation, the ocean was included in the Paris Agreement: a great victory for evveryone!
To continue to carry the voice of the ocean further and louder, the Tara Ocean Foundation is partnering with other actors as a founder member or partner of French and international groups on climate, biodiversity and plastic pollution.
- 90 members in the Ocean & Climate Platform
- 57 local initiatives supported by the BeMed organisation
- 14 BeMed action areas on the Mediterranean region
- 39 member countries of the Because The Ocean initiative
3 networks to support 3 key challenges
To maintain the link between the Ocean, Climate and Biodiversity, combat plastic pollution in the Mediterranean and get the commitment of governments. To achieve these objectives, the Tara Ocean Foundation is a member of three groups to amplify common messages, to bring together the actors most competent to act and, above all, to encourage a uniting momentum for ocean conservation.
To take into account all the ocean-climate-biodiversity challenges: the Ocean & Climate Platform
The Ocean and Climate Platform (OCP) was created by a group of civil society actors, including the Tara Ocean Foundation, on World Ocean Day in June 2014. Today, it brings together more than 90 members, including research institutes, non-governmental organisations, higher education establishments, aquariums, representatives from the private sector and French and international institutions. The OCP promotes reflection and discussion between the scientific community, civil society and political decision makers. It works to encourage greater consideration of ocean-climate-biodiversity challenges by public and political decision makers at a national and international level. Romain Troublé, director of the Tara Ocean Foundation, has been the president of the platform since November 2017.
- In 2020, the Ocean & Climate Platform launched the SEA'TIES initiative, which aims to facilitate the development of public policies and the implementation of adaptation solutions for coastal cities at risk of sea level rise. SEA'TIES focuses on medium-sized coastal cities in several regions of the world: Europe, West and North Africa, North America (U.S. West Coast) and the South Pacific.
Combating plastic with Mediterranean actors: the Beyond Plastic Med organisation (BeMed)
Beyond Plastic Med (BeMed) is an organisation founded by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the Tara Ocean Foundation, Surfrider Foundation Europe, the MAVA Foundation and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). BeMed’s objective is to develop and coordinate a network of local actors committed to combating plastic pollution in order to promote the sharing of experience and knowledge and strengthen the effectiveness of action in the Mediterranean. With BeMed, the Tara Ocean Foundation is supporting the will to generate solutions to the problems specific to the Mediterranean with a fair and manageable outcome for the relationship between its northern and southern shores.
- Each year, a call for micro-initiatives is organized to support associative actors around the Mediterranean. The projects funded aim to reduce the use of plastic and find alternatives, improve waste collection, raise awareness, engage stakeholders and help implement regulations. Since its creation, BeMed has supported 57 field initiatives in 14 countries of the Mediterranean basin. During the Monaco Ocean Week, which takes place every year in March, the new winners, as well as winners from previous years, are invited to Monaco. Every year, the Tara Ocean Foundation organizes round tables during which the winners share their successes but also their difficulties in the field to fight against plastic pollution. This is an opportunity for the Tara Ocean Foundation to share its scientific expertise on this pollution. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)
Including the ocean in states’ climate change strategies: the Because the Ocean initiative
The Because the Ocean initiative was launched by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the Tara Ocean Foundation and the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations in 2015 in the Tara stand on the eve of the opening of COP21. Because the Ocean brings together a coalition of states led by the Principality of Monaco and Chile, amongst others, who raise the challenges of the ocean during climate negotiations. Today, 39 countries have joined the initiative. Since then, Because the Ocean has been supporting states to have the ocean included in the climate debate, in particular in their national strategies.
- During the COP25 in Madrid, the Because the Ocean initiative presented its Ocean For Climate report, which proposes concrete measures to integrate the Ocean into States' climate mitigation and adaptation strategies, such as protecting coastal marine ecosystems that contribute to carbon sequestration or developing marine renewable energy. These recommendations are all the more important as States must respect their commitments made during the Paris Agreement in 2015 and report on their contributions to the fight against climate change every 5 years.