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Ocean literacy

The ocean is a source of life for human beings. It gives us food, oxygen and energy. It is home to many species and acts as climate regulator. Understanding how we influence the ocean and how the ocean influences us is at the core of ocean literacy. This understanding allows us to make responsible choices to protect our ocean better and to use the opportunities it offers in a sustainable manner. Thereby, it as also contributing to the improvement of the well-being of people, as envisioned in the European Green Deal.

The European Ocean Coalition (EU4Ocean) connects diverse organisations, projects and people that contribute to ocean literacy and the sustainable management of the ocean. Supported by the European Commission, this bottom-up inclusive initiative aims at uniting the voices of Europeans to make the ocean a concern of everyone!

It combines EU-wide activities with actions dedicated to the Arctic Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean (including the North Sea), the Baltic Sea, the Black Sea, the Mediterranean Sea and the global ocean.

The coalition consists of three components:

 

Other initiatives by DG MARE also contribute to ocean literacy such as:

  • The European Atlas of the Seas which is an easy and fun way for professionals, students and anyone interested to learn more about Europe's seas and coasts, their environment, related human activities and European policies. It aims to raise long-term awareness of Europe's oceans and seas, in the context of the EU's integrated maritime policy.

 

  • A European event to engage youth in developing ideas for the sustainable use of the marine environment and resources while minimizing the negative impacts of human activities, is the Hack4Oceans. This 2-day Youth Innovation Event will give young participants across Europe the possibility to learn, explore and co-create opportunities for prosperity through ocean conservation and sustainable use of marine resources. The event will bring together undergraduate students and professional stakeholders coming from the private sector, policy-making and academia.

Hack4oceans participants will develop ideas and solutions to several important and urgent challenges related to:

    • Marine Litter;
    • Alternative food from the ocean;
    • Ocean and Climate Change;
    • Protecting and Restoring Coastal Ecosystems.

Postponed due to Covid19, the Hack4oceans will take place in Brussels (BE) on 21 and 22 April 2021.

 

More information

Ocean Literacy Platform

European Atlas of the Seas

EMFF Datahub

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Fisheries: Solutions and Innovations

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Last update: 05/05/21

Explore Your Ocean with the European Atlas of the Seas and Find the Treasure!

Science café/Workshop/Conference/Webinar

Last update: 05/05/21

Ocean Literacy for Sail Trainers - Continuous Professional Development Event - Plankton

Learning activity/Training session/MOOC

Last update: 05/05/21

The Beauty - A Plastic Journey. Interactive session and animation screening

Interactive session and animation screening

Last update: 05/05/21

Get to know the certified European Blue Schools

Now you can discover here the members of the Network of European Blue Schools. Updated automatically with all the necessary information, as soon as new schools join the community, this list allows you to search members by name of school, country, project, level of education and topic.

Last update: 29/04/21

Individual learning accounts: public consultation launched

We would like to inform you that the European Commission has launched a public consultation on Individual learning accounts. The consultation is open until 16 July. Feedback is invited on the problem definition, need for EU action and policy objectives, policy options and expected impacts.

Last update: 27/04/21

The Marine Diaries - Ocean Careers Workshop

The Marine Diaries is hosting an interactive workshop on 6th May to help you begin an ocean career. This workshop will include panellists from around the world who are ocean professionals and will include top tips on how to follow in their footsteps.

Start date: 06/05/2021 - 19:30
Last update: 27/04/21

Fisheries and aquaculture communities contributing to the European Green Deal

Small-scale fisheries and aquaculture communities play a vital role in many EU regions and they are socially important and an integral part of the food systems. According to FARNET study, community-led local development and Fisheries Local Action Groups are contributing to various objectives and policy initiatives under the European Green Deal.

Last update: 22/04/21

Get to know the Young Ocean Advocates and their projects!

Now fully featured in their profile pages and project pages

Last update: 14/04/21

Celebrating the Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea - Welcome to our Ocean Literacy Festival !

On the occasion of the European Maritime Day, the EU4Ocean coalition is organising the first Ocean Literacy online festival as part of the Atlantic and North Sea basin event and is pleased to offer you the possibility to learn fascinating things about our maritime region in the spirit of sea festivals.

Last update: 05/05/21

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