The following is a statement from Eric Schwaab, senior vice president of EDF Oceans program, on the introduction of the Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act:
“EDF thanks the chairs of the House Natural Resources Committee and Select Committee on the Climate Crisis — Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-3) and Rep. Kathy Castor (FL-14) — for their leadership in introducing the Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act. The bill tackles some of the greatest challenges facing our oceans and coasts, while also drawing on the power of the ocean to drive global climate solutions.
“EDF enthusiastically supports the blue carbon title and the authorization of increased investments in coastal resilience, adaptation and restoration. We celebrate the inclusion of provisions in the bill that would monitor and minimize carbon emissions from shipping vessels. EDF also welcomes the creation of a new task force charged with responding to the management challenges brought about as fish stocks shift across state and management council jurisdictions due to climate change.
“Protecting 30% of the nation’s oceans is an ambitious and energizing goal. Bringing all communities with an interest in ocean health into the process of identifying and designating areas will cement the multi-faceted benefits protected areas can bring to enhancing biodiversity, protecting critical habitats and blue carbon reserves, and securing human wellness and livelihoods in the face of multiple stressors.
“We look forward to continuing to work with the committee as the bill moves forward this year and next Congress.”
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