The United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (‘the Ocean Decade’) was borne out of the recognition that much more needs to be done to reverse the cycle of decline in ocean health and create improved conditions for the sustainable development of the ocean, seas and coasts. Science-informed mitigation and adaptation policies to global change are urgently needed, but neither science nor policy-makers can accomplish that alone.
In December 2020, the Global Ocean Science Report2020 – Charting Capacity for Ocean Sustainability (GOSR2020) was released. Based on data collected from around the world, the GOSR2020 offers a global record of how, where and by whom ocean science is conducted. By analyzing the workforce, infrastructures, equipment, funding, investments, publications, data flow and exchange policies, as well as national strategies, the GOSR monitors our capacity to understand the ocean and seize new opportunities. The GOSR2020 provides the baseline information for measuring progress in these areas over the next ten years of the Ocean Decade.
We are at the start of the Ocean Decade and this webinar provides the occasion to take stock on where we stand in term of ocean science investment, human and technical capacities, data management, as well as output. Based on the main findings of the GOSR2020, we hope to engage in a dialogue with ocean science users and producers supported by a number of panelists, experts in their respective fields.