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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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"EU4Ocean in action" awards: Call for nominations!

Celebrating the achievements of the EU4Ocean coalition.

Start date: 24/03/2022 - 09:15
Last update: 24/03/22

DG MARE and the IOC UNESCO: working together for Ocean Literacy.

The Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO (IOC UNESCO) are joining forces for Ocean Literacy. Together, they will boost the EU-wide ocean literacy initiative that DG MARE has set up, the EU4Ocean coalition.

Start date: 31/01/2022 (All day)
Last update: 31/01/22

Discover the European Atlas of the Seas by visiting a virtual exhibition!

Data is key to understanding how we influence the ocean and seas and how the ocean and seas influence us.

Start date: 31/10/2021 - 08:00
Last update: 25/10/21

Join the Ocean Literacy Festival in the Black Sea

The EU4Ocean Coalition is setting up a new round of engaging ocean literacy events. From ‘plogging’ at the Black Sea Action Day, beach art and litter art, TikTok festival, and more ocean literacy activities. There is no limit to your imagination, discover with us what different Black Sea actors are proposing to make the Black Sea Blue!

Start date: 31/10/2021 (All day)
Last update: 12/10/21

Let’s make the Black Sea Blue

Focusing on marine litter, the Black Sea basin event of the EU4Ocean Coalition will give space to fruitful interactions between young people, teachers, policy-makers and government representatives, NGOs and all kinds of relevant stakeholders. Join us in creating the Blue Black Sea!

Start date: 29/10/2021 (All day)
Last update: 12/10/21

Hack4Oceans Hack4Oceans

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

Start date: 20/10/2021 (All day)
Last update: 09/11/21

EMSEA Virtual Summit 7-8 Oct 2021: Call for abstracts

Share your work in ocean literacy at the 8th EMSEA conference, an opportunity not to be missed.

Start date: 07/10/2021 (All day)
Last update: 19/08/21

From Fishing to Farming: Aquaculture in Ocean Literacy – Call for Abstracts

We are calling for presentations of inspiring examples of ocean literacy projects, tools and communication campaigns in relation to sustainable aquaculture to be showcased at the Aquaculture Europe 2021 Madeira, Portugal, 4-7 October 2021.

Start date: 04/10/2021 (All day)
Last update: 30/03/21

Bringing Ocean and Climate to the classroom

This workshop will focus on bringing science and class activities on the topic of Ocean and Climate to schools in the Mediterranean.

Start date: 27/09/2021 - 16:00
Last update: 08/09/21

Join the Ocean Literacy Festival in the Mediterranean Sea

The EU4Ocean Coalition is setting up a new round of engaging ocean literacy events. From scientific trekking, quizzes, science cafés or videos to public debates and educational activities for young changemakers and other audiences. There is no limit to your imagination, discover with us what different Mediterranean actors are proposing to make the Mediterranean blue!

Start date: 25/09/2021 (All day)
Last update: 12/07/21

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