22/11/2013 PERSGA SG addressed high level segment in COP-19

PERSGA Secretary General addressed high level segment in COP19 in Warsaw, his speech included the following: 

It gives me much great pleasure to speak to you on behalf of the Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden (PERSGA),
PERSGA is an intergovernmental organization hosted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Jeddah, and has a regional Mutual aid Center for in Marine Emergencies (EMARSGA) hosted by  the Arab Republic of Egypt in the city of Hurghada.  

Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is for sure now that the Marine Environment is one of  the most Vulnerable  environmental system to the impacts of climate changes, the loss of marine biodiversity,  sea level rise and flooding, ocean acidification imbalance mixing and water circulation, are typical adverse impacts of climate change. 

Timely and Adequate Adaptation measures are essential to reduce the impact of climate change> Hence,   PERSGA member countries have prepared, endorsed and started the implementation phase of a regional  ecosystem based adaptation strategy emphasizing the importance of  conservation and rehabilitation efforts.
coastal and marine mangroves, sea grasses and wetlands are not only the natural protection line against the negative impacts of climate changes, but also has an essential mitigation role by  sequestering and  storage of  carbon (blue carbon).
In conclusion, we in PERSGA believe that any arrangements or future agreements on climate change should not undermine the role of marine and coastal environments in the mitigation and adaptation to climate change, and should include modalities and proper mechanism to promote development and conservation of the marine environment.

Thank you, Mr. President

The Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden