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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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Develop your Ocean Literacy Project

The Youth4Ocean Forum aims at empower the youth to help them to develop their ocean literacy projects. Discover new themes, deepen your knowledge, acquire new skills with the tools and ressources we gathered for you.

Last update: 11/01/22

The Youth4Ocean Forum so far

2021 in numbers!

Last update: 20/12/21

EU4Ocean Platform community meeting: Achievements, Added Value and Next steps

On 2 December 2021, EU4Ocean Platform members gathered online to take stock of the Platform achievements in 2021, exchange ideas of new connections and collaborations and look forward to the EU4Ocean Summit planned in the spring 2022.

Last update: 15/12/21

Dr Victoria Qutuuq Buschman: Arctic indigenous knowledge for Arctic conservation

Exploring the relationship between the Inuit community and the Arctic Ocean.

Last update: 15/12/21

Hack4Oceans Challenge: Coastal Ecosystems

How might we better protect European coastal ecosystems from urban development, biodiversity loss, and erosion?

Last update: 02/02/22

Hack4Oceans Challenge: Ocean and Climate Change

How might we boost offshore clean energy production and manage the impact of sea level rise?

Last update: 02/02/22

Hack4Oceans Challenge: Food from the Ocean

How might we develop and diversify sustainable aquaculture and produce alternative foods from the ocean?

Last update: 02/02/22

Hack4Oceans Challenge: Marine Litter

How might we engage citizens and organisations in preventing marine litter? How might we put a stop to microplastics pollution?

Last update: 02/02/22

‘Supporting Ocean Literacy in the Baltic - ‘Let’s make the Baltic Sea Blue’!

As part of the EU4Ocean Coalition, an online event was organised on the 26th and 27th of August an to celebrate the Baltic Sea Basin: Let’s make the Baltic Sea Blue!

Last update: 26/11/21

Common actions for ‘Let’s make the Black Sea blue!’

Around the Black Sea Action Day (31st of October), the EU4Ocean Coalition organized the Let’s make the Black Sea Blue event, supported by the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the European Commission.

Last update: 25/11/21

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