After more than 2 years, the EU4Ocean Coalition – an initiative on ocean literacy of the European Commission - is rewarding and celebrating the activities of its members and their most outstanding initiatives to date, and is looking forward to the future!
On 19 May, visit the EU4Ocean Coalition booth and exhibition space, where you can join many interactive activities organised by the EU4Ocean members.
On 20 May 2022, during the European Maritime Day, the hybrid Ocean Literacy EU4Ocean Summit will showcase and award the most successful initiatives, collaborations and actions of the EU4Ocean Coalition members. Organisations, individuals, young people, schools and teachers are coming together to celebrate their efforts and commitment to the ocean and invite others to join them in their work to enhance ocean literacy throughout Europe. They will demonstrate how working together can achieve more than individual actions. The EU4Ocean Summit will be a great opportunity to join this growing movement.
The three communities of the EU4Ocean Coalition have been working together tirelessly:
Have a lok at the programme of the Ocean Literacy EU4Ocean Summit to learn more about our sessions and activities!
After the Opening session, members of the three EU4Ocean communities will come together to discuss what has been achieved so far.
Session 3 will provide a forward-looking focus on the benefits of Ocean Literacy for society and opportunities for future developments and set the frame for the afternoon parallel workshops.
The morning will conclude with the “EU4OCEAN in action!” - Award ceremony, which will celebrate this milestone and the many contributions of its growing communities to Let’s make Europe Blue! The call for submission of initiatives is open until April 29!
In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to choose between a series of thematic workshops:
The Closing Session “Sailing forward” will consist of a round table discussion with representative from EC DG MARE, the EU4Ocean Coordinator, and the EU4Ocean coalition’s communities. The group will provide a forward-looking focus for enhancing ocean literacy in sea basins, internationally, across the three topics, and discuss the next steps for the EU4Ocean Coalition.
The Summit, supported by the UNESCO as one of the Ocean Decade Actions, will also kick off a new series of initiatives, such as the new EU4Ocean Mentoring Programme. The Coalition wants to keep the momentum going, renew the commitment of its members, bring new ocean lovers on board, and pave the way for further progress.
On 21 May, join the activities organised by the EU4Ocean Coalition members for the Ocean Literacy Festival!
The Festival will connect ocean literacy actors from Europe, and showcase the wide diversity of ocean literacy initiatives already in place. It will feature on-site events (in Ravenna, Italy) as well as hybrid events organised in different locations across Europe and the various sea-basins (which will then be broadcast online). Activities can be submitted via this form until May 1st. (or until April 15th for activities in Ravenna).
A general overview and detailed information on the EU4Ocean plenary sessions and workshops taking place at the EU4Ocean Summit is available in the EMD Programme. Follow us on #EU4Ocean to keep up to date with the latest news.
In addition, if you have a planned event on Ocean Literacy, you can also submit an application to be labeled as a EMD In My Country 2022 event and bring Ocean Literacy and the European Maritime Day 2022 to your country. All the organisers will receive sustainable #EMD In My Country-branded gadgets and their events will be promoted via the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries' information channels. EMD In My Country 2022 will include physical, virtual and hybrid events that will take place from 1 April to 31 October 2022. Fill in the application form until 15 February 2022.
A variety of threats including climate change, overfishing and pollution are putting our oceans at risk, and we need to work together to change course.
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