An Accessible Ocean

10 – 12 May 2022

An accessible ocean with good governance, open access to data, information and technologies.

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Everyone is an ocean stakeholder. Open access to marine data and knowledge will maximize the quality of the information mined, packaged and communicated to support management, innovation and decision-making, enabling everyone to understand what we need to do in order to create the ocean we want. At the same time ocean governance frameworks should be designed in ways that they can effectively be informed by science-society-policy interfaces and enable participation of different relevant stakeholders.

Opening up access to marine data, knowledge and technology will reduce inequality in ocean science capacity and support sound and transparent assessments of ocean change. It will provide a common basis for transparent decision-making in global ocean governance and identification of new solutions for the future ocean we want. Skills and opportunities must be developed for knowledge creation and transfer, particularly in Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs). This will immeasurably enrich ocean science for sustainable ocean governance around the world. Besides open access infrastructures, data and analyses, decision-support systems for ocean stakeholders (the scientific community, governments, educators, the private sector and the general public) will allow for scientifically informed and up to date decision-making guided by the sustainable development goals.

OCEAN DECADE LABORATORIES

7 – 8 JULY 2021

AN INSPIRING AND ENGAGING OCEAN

An inspiring and engaging ocean where society understands and values the ocean.

15 – 17 SEPTEMBER 2021

A PREDICTED OCEAN

A predicted ocean where society has the capacity to understand current and future ocean conditions.

17 – 19 NOVEMBER 2021

A CLEAN OCEAN

A clean ocean where sources of pollution are identified and removed.

9 – 11 MARCH 2022

A HEALTHY AND RESILIENT OCEAN

A healthy and resilient ocean where marine ecosystems are mapped and protected.

5 – 7 APRIL 2022

A SAFE OCEAN

A safe ocean where people are protected from ocean hazards.

10 – 12 MAY 2022

AN ACCESSIBLE OCEAN

An accessible ocean with good governance, open access to data, information and technologies.

JUNE 2022 (tbc)

A PRODUCTIVE OCEAN

A sustainably harvested and productive ocean ensuring the provision of food supply.