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Working Groups of the EU4Ocean Platform

Published on: Thu, 16/04/2020 - 15:42
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    The EU4Ocean Platform members will work in Working Groups (WGs) to focus on particular themes/topics, including: Climate and Ocean, Food from the Ocean and Healthy and Clean Ocean.

    The EU4Ocean Platform members will work in Working Groups (WGs) to focus on particular themes/topics, including:

    Climate and Ocean

    Ocean Literacy activities in this topic could cover advocacy or awareness-raising campaigns about the importance of oceans in regulating climate and the negative impacts of climate change on oceans. It could propose and implement common solutions to protect ocean and human life. Other campaigns could cover the potential that the ocean offers in terms of clean and sustainable energy, such as off-shore wind energy, wave energy, tidal power, marine biofuels and their integration into power networks.

    Food from the Ocean

    Ocean Literacy activities in this topic could cover awareness-raising campaigns about how fish and seafood, are crucial sources of nutrition for billions of people around the world, and the importance of avoiding overfishing and unsustainable practices, such as illegal, unregulated and undocumented (IUU) fisheries. Other activities could aim at behavioural change in the areas of consumer choices, sustainability labels and food waste, and raise awareness of relatively new and unknown (in Europe) forms of food from the ocean, such as seaweed or spirulina.

    Healthy and Clean Ocean

    Ocean Literacy activities in this topic could raise awareness about the amount of garbage, including plastics, that ends up in our seas and ocean, and that once it enters the ocean, there is no effective way to get it back out again. This big challenge can be tackled by changing behaviour, including what we consume and how we treat waste. Additional activities campaigns could cover other types of pollution, which are less visible, but still very serious, such as human induced underwater noise or urban sewage spills.

    EU4Ocean platform members will contribute to at least one (or more) of the thematic Working Groups, with the main aims to:

    • Exchange and map existing activities & resources for joint ocean literacy activities;
    • Develop new partnerships and actions for ocean literacy, including scaling up activities and advocacy campaigns;
    • Identify quick wins to bring existing ocean literacy activities together for EU4Ocean;
    • Help identify other stakeholders that could contribute and grow the EU4Ocean platform membership, network and impact down to regional sea, national and local levels.

    In all Platform and WG activities, integration and collaboration will be promoted with the Youth4Ocean Forum and Network of European Blue Schools components.

    Interested in contributing? Read more here about applying for EU4Ocean Platform membership – a first step to becoming a member and active contributor

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