A wide-ranging study of coastal cities vulnerable to climate change

A real Think Tank dedicated to action focusing on the oceans, the Ocean and Climate platform is engaged in a vast study of the risks associated with climate change for coastal cities. In France, the South Pacific, West Africa and on the west coast of the United States, cities’ responses to risks will be examined with a view to drawing scientific conclusions.
Ville de La Rochelle | Photo © dudlajzov/AdobeStock

Environment & biodiversity


Clara Bercovici

€30,000 at the selection committee meeting on 16 March 2020

Project Owner

Plateforme Océan et Climat (POC)

The Ocean and Climate Platform (OCP) was formed by an alliance of non-governmental organizations and research institutes. It brings together more than 80 organizations - NGOs, foundations, research institutes, national and international institutions, etc. – that are working to address climate change. The aim is to promote scientific expertise and to lobby on ocean-climate related issues among political decision-makers and the general public.

Launched with a view to COP21, at the end of 2015 the OCP directly contributed to the eventual inclusion of the challenges facing the oceans in the preamble to the Paris Agreement. After COP21, the founders of the OCP decided to continue their action to make the platform a lever for lobbying on ocean and climate issues among politicians, decision-makers and the general public. Under the chairmanship of Romain Troublé (Tara Expeditions) and organized with a scientific committee coordinated by Françoise Gaill, the OCP supports decision-makers in need of scientific information and guidance for implementing public policies.

The OCP's activities are built around three main objectives:

  • Mobilizing and running the network
  • Disseminating scientific knowledge on ocean-climate-biodiversity among decision-makers and the general public
  • Advocacy and international cooperation activities for better consideration of ocean-climate-biodiversity issues.

In 2020, it is making these objectives a reality by focusing on coastal cities dealing with climate change. The aim is to study the risks associated with climate change and to analyse the responses and solutions that may already exist in order to offer the decision-makers and managers of these territories a broad overview.

A first step, supported by the Veolia Foundation, will characterize the types of responses provided, on the basis of their technical, environmental, socio-economic, legal, etc. nature and the type of risks they face. In the form of interviews and regional workshops, the next stage will have a twofold objective: (1) to strengthen the capacities of local stakeholders by providing scientific data concerning the challenges of coastal adaptation; (2) to organize feedback with stakeholders and territorial managers in order to analyse the key success factors in implementing adaptation responses.

In the longer term, the OCP would like to develop projects in West Africa and/or North Africa, in regions with specific climate adaptation issues.