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Submarine biodiversity hotspots

How to act against oceans' desertification ? See detailled presentation

Submarine biodiversity hotspots

How to act against oceans' desertification ? See detailled presentation

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Besides global warming, the pollution caused by human activities also has tragic consequences on oceans and threatens the ecosystems found there, along with humankind’s survival. The struggle against oceans’ acidification is a challenge in conserving species and sea biodiversity that we need to address in an efficient and visionary way.

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The GENEVA FORUM invites you to propose your solutions in this field.

The decrease in greenhouse gas emissions and especially of CO2 is at the core of current ecological concerns. While trees and plants do absorb a certain amount of CO2 emissions, the ocean is responsible for most of it. The massive production of this gas caused by human activities is leading to a gradual decrease in the pH of the oceans, which is becoming increasingly acidic. This acidification threatens biodiversity and disrupts the marine ecosystem in three major ways:

  • Affects the capacity of oceanic plankton to renew itself, which is at the root of the marine ecosystem, the food chain and is responsible for oxygenating the ocean;
  • Erodes corals, which are home to an ecosystem of fish, algae and endemic organisms, to name a few;
  • Potentially affects fish species and marine animals in general, although these effects have not yet been precisely determined by scientists.

In relation to these issues, the creation of marine biodiversity hotspots seems to be a visionary solution to our problem. Indeed, it would enable the conservation of threatened species while waiting for an ecological transition to be made in our production and consumption methods at a deeper level. There are many possibilities for this solution:

  • The grafting of corals makes it possible to compensate for their current progressive destruction in order to conserve the ecosystems they shelter;
  • The installation of oxygenators powered by solar energy makes it possible to respond to the endangerment of plankton, in a sustainable and autonomous way (once installed, the oxygenator can operate in complete autonomy);
  • The creation of fish reserves enables the conservation of species by creating sustainable and responsible fishing methods;
  • And many others…

The ecological transition and the change in our consumption and production patterns requires a profound change in the global economic system. This transformation will not take place overnight; it is therefore essential to preserve ecosystems and marine biodiversity in the meantime. These biodiversity hotspots will enable it to rapidly recolonise spaces once humanity has reduced its impact on the environment.

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If you wish to propose a solution to the World in this field :

1) Search and select the International Conference at the UN on which you want to present your idea or solution by consulting this list of GENEVA FORUM Conferences (click here)

2) Fill in the form to submit the abstract (a summary) of your presentation (click here), stating "Yes" in the box "Is your presentation, a proposal for a disruptive technology ?"

3) Come at the next GENEVA FORUM, and give a short presentation of 5 minutes (pitch) and then participate in the one hour workshop following your presentation, with GENEVA FORUM participants who will want to move forward with you.

On site, our team of one-on-one meetings will welcome you in a specific way as a carrier of alternative solutions, and will be in charge in particular of :

  • connect you with the existing Participatory Research Programmes in which your proposal can be the subject of a project
  • and/or accompany you in the creation of a new Participatory Research Programme if your proposal should be the subject of a fully-fledged Programme
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