Rio de Janiero (PRWEB) June 19, 2012
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) released a new publication today on the risks from climate change on Large Marine Ecosystems (LMEs). The volume entitled, “Frontline Observations on Climate Change and the Sustainability of Large Marine Ecosystems” finds that climate change is threatening the livelihoods of billions of people, who are dependent on the $12 trillion generated annually from the LMEs.
“The growing risks and impacts of climate change on oceans require the world to urgently invest in a green economy whereby countries achieve development targets in an environmentally sustainable way while at the same time meeting the needs of their citizens,” said Yannick Glemarec, Executive Coordinator of UNDP-Global Environment Facility (GEF).
The report finds that warming ocean waters are causing major shifts in fish distribution and severe degradation of coastal habitats.
Other risks from climate change, outlined in the volume, include effects of sea level rise, coastal erosion, and the negative effects of carbon dioxide emissions on the acidification of LME waters around the world.
To combat the deleterious effects of climate change, the GEF, its agencies and the World Bank have mobilized over US$4 billion to recover and sustain the goods and services of LMEs in over 100 countries in Africa, Europe, Asia, and Latin America.
The publication was released as input to Oceans Day, June 16, and the Oceans Development Dialogue, June 19, at the UN conference on Sustainable Development “Rio+20” in Rio de Janeiro. Other contributors to the report include the Global Environment Facility (GEF), Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
The report can be downloaded at http://www.undp.org/water .
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