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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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Hack4Oceans II Challenge - New sustainable foods and resources

How might we integrate a holistic approach of environmental and socioeconomic impacts of food, aiming at changing consumers’ eating behaviour (eat local seafood, eat bivalves and algae)? How create incentives and accelerate a fair transition of fishers and seafood producers, to achieve lower impact and lower scale of seafood production? ...

Last update: 13/01/23

Hack4Oceans II Challenge - Coastal ecosystems

How might we communicate the impact of human activities on coastal ecosystems, increase ocean literacy/awareness for the general public, to create public support for ecosystem conservation? How might we attribute values (monetary and others) to coastal ecosystem activities and services, helping evaluate externalities, to reduce human-induced pressures on coastal ecosystems by stakeholders and the general public? ...

Last update: 13/01/23

Hack4Oceans II Challenge - Ocean and climate change

How might we support the maritime industry’s transition towards lower climate impact of marine activities (marine transport /tourism/ aquaculture / fisheries etc.) to preserve ocean ecosystems? How might we develop and implement tools that actively help people reduce or mitigate their personal or professional maritime impact on climate change? ...

Last update: 13/01/23

Hack4Oceans II Hack4Oceans II

A Youth Innovation Event, open primarily to undergraduate students from across Europe who are studying disciplines relevant to the blue economy

Last update: 13/01/23

Live Discussion: Promoting apprenticeships to SMEs

On 14 December, from 14:00 until 15:30 CET, the European Alliance for Apprenticeships (EAfA) will organise a live discussion on how to promote apprenticeships to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Last update: 12/12/22

Advanced Master in Sustainable Blue Economy Advanced Master in Sustainable Blue Economy

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Last update: 20/10/22

The past, present and future of an integrated Mediterranean

With this episode, we are reaching our final destination in this season. Where can we go from here? What future beholds the Mediterranean Sea and the Mediterranean community. Set sails with us and listen to Blanca Moreno-Dodson on regional political integration and how it contributes to #MakeMedblue.

Last update: 12/10/22

EMFAF 2022 Info Day

Registrations for the Info Day on Blue careers and Regional flagships calls for proposals are open!

Last update: 10/10/22

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Last update: 06/10/22

Sustainable food, tradition and innovation around the Italian Coasts

Have you ever wondered what it means to eat sustainably on the Mediterranean coasts? This episode addresses the question from an Italian perspective, by tapping into our speakers' personal and professional experiences around cuisine, environmental protection, and sustainable fisheries.

Last update: 21/09/22

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