Strategic Research & Event Engagement Support - UNFCCC COP 27
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Mission and objectives
Coral reefs are some of the most biodiverse, ecologically complex, and valuable ecosystems on the planet. Supporting a quarter of marine species globally, reefs provide vital ecosystem services valued at $2.7 trillion annually including food security, coastal protection, and livelihoods for more than one billion people globally. Despite their immense value, coral reefs are Earth’s most endangered ecosystems. Without urgent action and scaled resources, coral reefs could face extinction by 2050 as a result of climate change and local drivers of degradation. The Global Fund for Coral Reefs (GFCR) is a blended finance mechanism designed to address the SDG14 funding gap and support implementation of the Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework. Taking a science-based approach, this United Nations multi-partner initiative focuses on reducing local drivers of degradation in reef ecosystems that exhibit resilience to climate change (i.e., climate refugia). To facilitate blue economic transition the GFCR, with the support of the Green Climate Fund, incubates and scales investable pipelines that accelerate climate resilience for both marine ecosystems and coastal communities. Investable solutions supported by the Fund include sustainable revenue streams for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), sustainable ocean production (i.e., fisheries and aquaculture), plastic recycling, waste and sewage management, blue carbon credits, as well as sustainable agriculture and eco-tourism. By scaling sustainable revenue streams to save reefs from the brink of extinction, the GFCR supports long-term ocean conservation aims, tackles food insecurity, and mobilises capital for climate adaptation and mitigation.
It is estimated that more than half of the world's coral reefs have disappeared as a result of climate change and other local anthropogenic threats. Given more than 90% of coral reefs are at risk of extinction by 2050, our time window to act and save this precious ecosystem is quickly closing-in on us. It is imperative to act decisively now. It is estimated that over 1 billion people worldwide depend on coral reefs for their livelihoods and sustenance, with coastal communities in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs) being disproportionately vulnerable to reef degradation. Therefore, effective coral reef conservation and adaptive threat mitigation is necessary to secure the well-being and livelihoods of coastal communities. To facilitate the global urgency needed for reef protection, leading organizations and key opinion leaders aim to generate the necessary momentum and visibility for coral reefs as a central pillar of the climate action agenda at UN Climate Change Conference 2022 (UNFCCC COP 27)1 and beyond. To maximize impact, visibility and resource mobilisation at COP 27 in November 2022, strategic research and event engagement support is required.
- Provide research and coordination support, including analysis of alignment with COP27 mandate and post 2020 framework as well as full speaker and champion roster, - Draft communications, including social media content for GFCR Twitter & Linkedin to maximize awareness during and leading up to COP27 - Provide input to key messaging for GFCR's presence at COP27 - Draft initial background and briefing notes for member states, philanthropic and private sector partners that are in line with UN standard requirements