Our Work

Supporting Ocean champions in the fight against the

Climate Crisis

The Research Brief provides a glimpse into the work of Vermont Law’s Observer Delegation and Professor Reiter’s applied research. Building off of the considerable momentum provided by the 2019 BlueCOP, the 2020 Ocean and Climate Dialogue meetings, and the 2021 Virtual Oceans Action Day, the ocean-climate nexus will be center stage at COP26. Several nations have committed to making their second-round Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) “ocean-inclusive,” prioritizing ocean-related mitigation and adaptation measures aimed at achieving a balance between GHG source emissions and sink removals.

COP25 student delegates, and Professors Reiter and Brandt, meet with the CEO of SeyCCAT, Ms. Angelique Pouponneau

COP25 student delegates, and Professors Reiter and Brandt, meet with the CEO of SeyCCAT, Ms. Angelique Pouponneau

Often overlooked, “blue carbon” ecosystems can sequester carbon at rates greater than terrestrial forests, and are included in many small island NDCs. Supporting the Seychelles Conservation and Climate Adaptation Trust (SeyCCAT), the home to the world’s first sovereign blue bond, and in collaboration with the Oxford Seascape Ecology Lab, student delegates will explore the latest innovations in blue carbon research, consider the enabling conditions necessary for uptake of this science into national level policies and decisionmaking, and outline the financial structures needed to implement ocean commitments under Paris.

Sitting at the intersection of science, law and economics, the course provides an opportunity to support a small island client, contribute to the development of international climate policy, and inform the ongoing process of building out a framework for operationalizing ocean commitments under the Paris Agreement.

 


COP2020 Student Delegate Work

COP2020 student delegates worked on three primary areas of interest to SeyCCAT: (1) Assessing ambition and conditionality in NDCs in advance of the global stocktake; (2) Identifying ocean commitments under the Paris Agreement, and ocean inclusivity in advance of SBSTA 52; and (3) Reviewing climate finance structures as part of the conditionality laid out in the Paris Agreement.

on Innovative Climate Finance & Small Island Nations 

The Innovative Climate Finance research team compiled the following case studies for SeyCCAT here.

COP-Class-Research-Project-3

Developed by student delegates: Paige Beyer, Su Ghosh, Jessica Griswold, and Teaching Assistant: Ashli Taylor.


on Ocean inclusivity in the formal climate negotiation process 

The Ocean-Climate Nexus research team created the below infographic, linked here.

Ocean-History-Timeline-Infographic

Developed by student delegates: Lucas Waggoner, Samantha Morrison, Julia Guerrein, Taylor Tavormina, and Mitul Patel, and Teaching Assistant: Kristyn Ostanek.


on Bridging the Gap between Oceans & Climate 

The Ocean-Climate Nexus research team created an infographic here.

Oceans-Infographic

Developed by student delegates: Lucas Waggoner, Samantha Morrison, Julia Guerrein, Taylor Tavormina, and Mitul Patel, and Teaching Assistant: Kristyn Ostanek.