Antarctic Marine Ecosystems Under Pressure: Protection Needs Action Locally and Globally

Join in-person in the Cryosphere pavillion at COP26 or follow the livestream.

Sea ice in Marguerite Bay, Antarctica

Southern Ocean ecosystems are under increasing pressure from global climate change and direct human impacts. The Southern Ocean is globally important for CO2 uptake, ocean connectivity and supporting key species and ecosystem services. How can global emissions reductions, as well as local actions, protect these ecosystems and their societal benefits worldwide?

This event will take place in the Cryosphere pavillion at COP26 from 10:00-11:30 UTC, and will be available to watch on YouTube.

Organized by the Marine Ecosystem Assessment for the Southern Ocean (MEASO), the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and the University of Edinburgh.

Photo: Andrew Elvidge (distributed via


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