A Clean Ocean: Documentation


The third Ocean Decade Laboratory "A Clean Ocean" drew participants from 105 countries from all continents. Starting with a common Core Event on 17 November it continued with 29 Satellite Activities, covering aspects and definitions of a clean ocean such as "Improving Plastics Management in Asia Pacific", "Air-Sea Observations for a Clean Ocean" and "Sustainable Management of Plastic Waste". Some Satellite Activities also reminded us that pollution is not just plastic and litter, but also noise. Ships, under-water mining and offshore wind farms are only some of the sources of ocean noise. After two days of Satellite Activities, the Ocean Decade Laboratory concluded with a Wrap-up on 19 November, highlighting the potential for a profitable blue economy with a "Clean Ocean 2030 Manifesto".

If you missed the third Ocean Decade Laboratory, you will find a five-minute documentation below. You can also see the entire Core Event and the Wrap-up here: Core Event and Wrap-up.

To learn more about the manifesto presented by the members of the International Expert Group of the Ocean Decade Laboratory "A Clean Ocean" click here.

During the Core Event, five Breakout Sessions on the topic of "The Quest for Change" were recorded as visual representations. You can find these drawings in the gallery below or watch the Breakout Sessions in their entirety here: Session 1, Session 2, Session 3, Session 4.

Graphic Recoring showing the results of the interaktive berakout session 1

Graphic Recording Interactive Breakout Session 1

BMBF / Carolin Görtler, Visual Faciliators

Graphic Recoring showing the results of the interaktive berakout session 2

Graphic Recording Interactive Breakout Session 2

BMBF / Björn Pertoft, Visual Faciliators

Graphic Recoring showing the results of the interaktive berakout session 3

Graphic Recording Interactive Breakout Session 3

BMBF / Franziska Schwarz, Visual Faciliators

Graphic Recoring showing the results of the interaktive berakout session 4

Graphic Recording Interactive Breakout Session 4

BMBF / Visual Faciliators

Graphic Recoring showing the results of the interaktive berakout session 4

Graphic Recording Interactive Breakout Session 5

BMBF / Marcus Frey, Visual Faciliators

Here you do have the chance to rewatch the presented video from the Story of Success: Tubbataha Reef – Jewel of the Sulu Sea.

17 November, 8:00 – 10:00 pm CET, 18 November, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm CET and 19 November, 9:00 – 11:00 am CET

One Integrated Marine Debris Observing System for a Clean Ocean (English/French)

This event explores how the Integrated Marine Debris Observing System (IMDOS) can strengthen the scientific knowledge on marine litter pollution to support research, innovating solutions, and mitigating actions.

17 November, 9:00 – 10:30 pm CET

How to Achieve a Clean Ocean in the Southern Ocean Region

This Activity is an opportunity to discuss how to maintain a Clean Southern Ocean by strengthening links between science, industry & policy in order to develop techniques suitable for polar conditions & activities for solving gaps in knowledge/data.

18 November, 6:00 – 7:40 am CET

Remould: Improving Plastics Management in Asia Pacific

A practical workshop that will draw on the Plastic Management Index - the first attempt to quantify plastic management practices at a country level - to provide policymakers and stakeholders with tools to improve national plastic management efforts.

18 November, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm CET

Inspiring Science and Society to tackle Marine Litter

The Marine Litter challenge must prompt scientists, governments, industry, environmental groups and citizens to take urgent action and to work together. This webinar aims to strengthen those interactions, contributing to a Joint Strategy.

18 November, 9:00 – 9:30 am CET

On Noise Pollution: OPUS Whales. Do you copy?

Opus Whales explores the invisible threat of underwater anthropogenic noise from an artistic slant. A brief experience to empathize with creatures that rely on sound to survive. (Headphones are suggested, but not mandatory.)

18 November, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm CET

Stockholm Convention on POPs: 20 Years of Action

This webinar is a general guide to the current implementation of the Stockholm Convention regarding the problem of POPs pollution and prospects of further actions within the framework of the UN Ocean Program.

18 November, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm CET

Toward a Clean and Sustainable Mediterranean Sea

This Satellite Activity aims to give voice to several Mediterranean experiences of tackling marine litter, looking at best practices between marine litter, its prevention and remediation, and highlighting programs implemented in Mediterranean areas.

18 November, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CET and 10:00 – 11:00 pm CET

Uniting Maritime with Ocean Science for a Clean Ocean

3 hypotheses for a clean ocean: 1. Maritime activities can provide enablers for clean ocean science and research, 2.The shipping sector can be stimulated to support a clean ocean, 3.The opposite of a clean ocean will greatly impact shipping.

18 November, 1:00 – 3:00 pm CET

Fostering Sustainable Partnerships for the Ocean (Portuguese)

Marine litter is an environmental problem that transcends geographical borders. Come and join us to learn about the best practices to tackle this issue in the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries.

18 November, Part 1: 1:00 – 3:00 pm CET | Part 2: 5:00 – 7:00 pm CET AND 19 November, Part 3: 1:00 – 3:00 CET | Part 4: 5:00 – 7:00 pm CET

Remote Sensing and Smart Tech for Marine Litter

Remote sensing and AI technologies are powerful innovations, enabling efficient and effective solutions for marine litter pollution. In this session, experts will connect with governments and the private sector to co-design real-world applications.

18 November, 2:00 – 3:20 pm CET

Starting at the Source to Save the Ocean

To save the oceans we need to look upstream and deal with pollution at its land-based sources. We will explore how the ocean and freshwater communities can increase collaboration to better understand, monitor and reduce pollution across ecosystems.

18 November, 4:00 – 6:00 PM CET

Digital Twin Ocean Pollution

In this UN Ocean Decade Lab Satellite Event we will explore huge ocean pollution challenges and some innovative Digital Twin Ocean solutions. Close to shore, where the impacts are greatest.

18 November, 4:00 – 5:00 pm CET

Podcast: Quality of Marine and Coastal Environments in Colombia (Spanish)

The first episode of the SENALMAR podcast aims to analyze the challenges and problems associated with clean oceans from a science, academic, and government perspective, and to reflect on the impacts of this issue and possible solutions.

18 November, 4:30 – 6:00 pm CET

The Equity Puzzle of Ocean Litter: Ecosystem-wellbeing-governance

Research shows that the impact of marine litter on the environment, human health and wellbeing is unevenly distributed. Let’s work together to develop a roadmap for addressing plastic in the ocean equitably.

18 November, 5:00 – 7:00 pm CET

A Floating Classroom (English/German)

IceDivA2, Challenger 150, DOSI, iAtlantic, IceAGE, PLASTISEA and HOTMIC, would like to welcome you live onboard RV Sonne and to the Senckenberg Museum, as we showcase deep-sea research in the light of building the clean ocean we want for the future.

18 November, 5:00 – 7:00 pm CET and 19 November, 2:00 – 4:00 am CET

Air-Sea Observations for a Clean Ocean

Join Observing Air-Sea Interactions Strategy (OASIS) and the Surface Ocean-Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS) for a community discussion of how observations and understanding of air-sea interactions can support a clean ocean!

18 November, 6:00 – 7:30 pm CET

Prevention of Marine Litter from Sea-based Sources

How can we accelerate actions to prevent marine litter from sea-based sources? This Lighthouse Lofoten Satellite Activity will highlight preventive solutions and involve those who make them happen.

18 November, 7:30 – 9:00 pm CET

Marine Pollution in Rio: Global Issues, Local Impacts

This pre-recorded webinar will bring together scientists and stakeholders to evaluate pollution at Guanabara Bay, Sepetiba Bay and marine ecosystems in adjacent coastal areas of Rio de Janeiro.

18 November, 8:00 – 9:00 pm CET

Remote Sensing and the Clean Ocean Economy

Travelers visiting coastal regions and oceans require basic necessities. But their consumption includes food waste, which accumulates in the oceans. Learn about a product solution that builds on the frameworks of the clean ocean economy.

18 November, 9:30 – 11:30 pm CET

Sustainable Management of Plastic Waste

80% of ocean pollution is caused by plastic waste. The issue is little discussed in Brazil, especially its legal aspects. Join experts from the University of São Paulo and Ceará to discuss sustainable management of plastic waste in Brazil.

18 November, 11:00 pm – 12:55 am CET

A Clean Ocean Forum (Spanish)

This Satellite Activity will highlight the project’s research on marine pollution from different Colombian academy institutions and encourage students to understand and reduce marine pollution sources, challenges and dynamics.

19 November, 1:00 – 2:15 am CET

H2OO Operation Global Sweep for a Clean Ocean

Join Operation Global Sweep as an agent for change! Youth citizen scientists from around the world will mobilize to hold corporations accountable for their plastic production through brand audits. Register now. Your mission has begun!

19 November, 9:00 – 10:30 am CET

Microplastics on Our Beaches: Bringing Citizens Closer to Science

If we don’t like the idea of microplastic pollution on our beaches, we must make an effort to change the situation. Our discussion will center around an example from the Baltic Sea of research and citizens joining forces for cleaner seas and oceans.

19 November, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm CET

A Clean Ocean – Smart Technologies to Tackle Ocean Pollution

Hear researchers, industry and NGOs on how a zero-polluted sea and ocean can be achieved and what are the next steps we need to take toward this goal.

19 November, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm CET

An Abyss of Plastic Wisdom, A Solutions-Oriented Dialogue

Ocean health is in decline. Stakeholders work to improve its resiliency against plastic pollution. Who are they? What are their hidden aspirations? Listen to those who do not often debate together but offer solutions against marine plastic waste.

19 November, 1:00 – 2:30 pm CET

Youth in Action to combat Marine Pollution

Understanding the importance of the ocean for survival and the economy of the island States as well as the impact of pollution on marine life, young islanders in Africa are stepping up to keep the ocean clean. Join these amazing youth as they act.

19 November, 2:00 – 3:30 pm CET

Tsunamika Ocean My Home

In 2004, a voice came from the ocean to comfort and council the families of India affected by the Tsunami tragedy.Tsunamika is known as the spirit of the ocean and is now asking for our help in keeping the oceans clean. Are we listening?

19 November, 6:00 – 7:00 pm CET

Fashion and the High Seas

How can fashion contribute toward the blue economy and help in marine conservation? Join us!

19 November, 12:30 - 2:30 PM CET

Application of Digital Technology for Ocean Science Awareness

This session is aimed to provide knowledge and skills on Digital Governance for Ocean to The Early Career Scientist and Students in Ocean Science and Digital Science. Students will be making presentation based on Clean Ocean and research activities.