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Responses are due by 11:59 p.m. 18 Nov

Notice of Request for Information for the U.S. Ocean Climate Action Plan

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Notice of Request for Information for the U.S. Ocean Climate Action Plan
Notice of Request for Information for the U.S. Ocean Climate Action Plan

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Nov 18, 2022, 11:50 PM EST

Responses are due by 11:59 p.m. 18 Nov

About the event

The U.S. Federal Government is requesting input from all interested parties to inform the development of a U.S. Ocean Climate Action Plan (OCAP) that will help guide and coordinate actions by the Federal government and civil society to address ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes-based mitigation and adaptation solutions to climate change.

The OCAP will summarize planned Federal ocean-based climate action and the benefits of these actions, identify gaps in knowledge and application of knowledge to emerging ocean-climate issues, and recommend actions to advance the effectiveness of the Nation's response to the impacts of climate change. The input received will be used to inform the development of the OCAP.

Responses are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on November 18, 2022. Submissions received after the deadline may not be taken into consideration. Interested individuals and organizations should submit comments electronically to ocean@ostp.eop.gov and include “RFI Response: OCAP” in the subject line of the email. For additional details, please refer to the Federal Register Notice: https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2022-21480.

Background: Urgent and immediate action is needed to tackle the climate crisis through mitigation of and adaptation to the impacts of climate change. Climate change threatens valuable marine resources and the communities that depend on them. The ocean, as a critical heat and carbon sink and with capacities for both mitigation and adaptation climate solutions, is an integral component of the Biden-Harris Administration's “all-hands-on-deck” approach to climate action.

To outline a vision for ocean climate action, the Ocean Policy Committee, a Congressionally mandated, Cabinet-level interagency committee charged with coordinating Federal ocean policy, (https://www.noaa.gov/​interagency-ocean-policy), will develop an Ocean Climate Action Plan (OCAP) that will: (1) summarize and assess current and planned Federal, ocean-related mitigation and adaptation activities, including but not necessarily limited to green shipping, blue carbon, biodiversity conservation and protection, ecosystem restoration, nature-based solutions, marine renewable energy, ocean-based carbon dioxide removal and sequestration, climate-ready aquaculture and fisheries, and other ocean-climate related actions; (2) characterize the benefits ( e.g., mitigation, adaptation, and associated co-benefits) of such actions and how they contribute to Administration climate change and equity and environmental justice goals; (3) identify needs and opportunities to more effectively address climate change impacts through additional mitigation or adaptation actions; and (4) identify how we can utilize current knowledge to support existing action, and define new knowledge needed to better understand and address important emerging issues such as ocean-based carbon dioxide removal.

For more information on the OPC and the Ocean Climate Action Plan, please visit the interagency OPC website: https://www.noaa.gov/interagency-ocean-policy/OCAP_Information.

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