6:00 pm – 7:30 pm




Ocean Pavilion, Blue Zone, COP 27


Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt



CORDAP event at COP 27: Ocean Pavilion

Advancing R&D to secure a future for coral reefs in a warmer ocean


 Wednesday, November 9, 2022

 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

 Ocean Pavilion, Blue Zone, COP 27


On Wednesday, November 9, CORDAP will host the event ‘Advancing R&D to secure a future for coral reefs in a warmer ocean ‘ at COP27.

 COP 27

Science has established beyond doubt that the window for action is closing rapidly. In November 2022, Egypt hosts the 27th Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP27) in Sharm El-Sheikh, with a view to building on previous successes and paving the way for future ambition. This is a golden opportunity for all stakeholders to rise to the occasion and tackle effectively the global challenge of climate change.

 About this event 

 The Ocean Pavilion represents the first time the ocean has taken center stage inside the COP Blue Zone and the first time a pavilion has been organized entirely by a group of science- and research-focused institutions. Corals are the first global ecosystem threatened by functional extinction under projected climate change, and the window to save them is rapidly closing. This event will promote a dialogue on the need to develop next-generation solutions to restore and conserve the world’s corals. It will highlight the ambitious plans to reverse the losses seen at a global scale and the investable opportunities that will enable their widespread implementation. 


Corals support the livelihoods of one billion people but are under threat. It is now time to shift from retreating to protecting the little corals that may be left in a warmer ocean. It is time to raise the ambition to conserve and restore corals and reefs using inspiring science-based solutions. Conserving all corals, not leaving any behind, and even aiming at recovering some of the loss may seem impossible, but this is only the case if we accept the status quo.

Event format

  • 60 minutes introduction and talks
  • 30 minutes of a panel discussion and Q&A


  • H.E. Ambassador Peter Thomson, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean
  • Prof. Carlos M. Duarte, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)
  • Dr. Elvira Poloczanska, Science Advisor at IPCC
  • Dr. Jean-Pierre Gattuso, Research Director at the Laboratoire d’Océanographie de Villefranche, CNRS, and Sorbonne University.

 Who can participate?

 This event is open to all with Blue Zone accreditation.