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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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Call for Young Ocean Advocates – Healthy Ocean

The Youth4Ocean Forum is calling young people to submit projects dedicated to keeping our ocean healthy!

Last update: 22/03/22

Let’s listen to the Arctic Ocean - A Festival for Ocean Literacy

Join the Ocean Literacy Festival in the Arctic Ocean between the 4th to the 8th of April!

Start date: 04/04/2022 (All day)
Last update: 18/03/22

Youth4Ocean Forum members meet French school pupils

On Wednesday 2nd February 2022, four members of the Youth4Ocean Forum met with middle school and high school pupils of the city of Calais, in the North of France, and discussed solutions to preserve marine biodiversity, tackle ocean pollution and the effects of climate change.

Last update: 15/03/22

Youth4Ocean Forum Directory of online ressources

There’s plenty of existing resources online to help you to develop your projects. Data, reports, free to use pictures… Discover this selection to help you to start your project on solid basis.

Last update: 15/03/22

The 2022 edition of the Summer School organized by OGS will focus on the Copernicus Marine Services as a supporting tool to foster Sustainable Blue Economy

The Summer School focuses on the topics of the Sustainable Blue Economy, bringing together participants from Euro-Mediterranean Countries and Central European Initiative member States. It targets researchers and young experts who want to expand their knowledge of data acquisition and models development to support decision making on the Ocean. Applications are open until 18th March, 2022!

Start date: 02/07/2022 - 09:00
Last update: 09/03/22

Let’s listen to the Arctic: The Arctic Ocean Literacy event on 5th and 8th of April

The EU4Ocean Coalition organised the “Let’s listen to the Arctic Ocean” event series, supported by the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the European Commission.

Start date: 05/04/2022 - 10:00
Last update: 02/03/22

Events & Activities of the EU4Ocean Platform

Keep up to date with the events and activities of the EU4Ocean Platform - an active group of organisations, initiatives and people.

Last update: 01/03/22

Call for Young Ocean Advocates – The Youth and the Arctic

The Youth4Ocean Forum is calling young people to submit projects linked to the Arctic Ocean.

Last update: 03/03/22

Master’s students organise conferences on marine resources and climate change for the local community in Northern France – 2021 edition

For the second year running, students of the Master’s degree in Marine Ecology and Fisheries of the Littoral Côte d’Opale University (Boulogne-sur-Mer, France) invited middle school students and the general public to attend a series of micro-conferences on 9th December 2021, in Nausicaá, National Sea Centre.

Last update: 18/02/22

For the first time, Master’s students organise conferences on climate change, ocean pollution and marine resources conservation for the local community in Northern France

Students of the new Master’s degree in Marine Ecology and Fisheries of the Littoral Côte d’Opale University (Boulogne-sur-Mer, France) invited middle school students and the general public to attend a series of online micro-conferences on Thursday 17th December 2020, as part of the scientific communication unit of their course. This activity was developed in collaboration with Nausicaá, National Sea Centre, also located in Boulogne-sur-Mer.

Last update: 18/02/22

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