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 better protect our ocean and to use the opportunities it offers in a sustainable manner. Thereby, 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!
- Contribute to enhancing awareness and the engagement of all parties involved in the sustainable management of our ocean and seas;
- Help members to become ocean advocates in their own field/role/region as well as agents of transition supporting changes in perception, values, attitudes and behaviour towards more sustainable practices and management of the ocean. It will also promote blue economy opportunities;
- Put ocean literacy high on the policy agenda, contributing inter alias to the implementation of the EU marine and maritime policies and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the Agenda 2030 and in particular the SDG 14 Life below water.
The EU4Ocean coalition 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. It is made up of three components: a platform for organisations and individuals engaged in Ocean Literacy initiatives, a European Youth Forum for the Ocean and a Network of European Blue Schools.
Each year, awards will be given to outstanding active individuals, organisations and initiatives from the three networks.
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ACTeon Environment (France) will is the coordinator of EU4Ocean.
The other partners are:
- Seascape Belgium (Secretariat of the European Marine Observation and Data Network – EMODnet, and the European Atlas of the Seas)
- Youth and Environment Europe (YEE)
- the European Marine Science Educator Association (EMSEA)
- the National Sea Centre And Aquarium Nausicaá (NAUSICAA)
- Ciência Viva
- Farah Yasmin Obaidullah (the Netherlands, freelance campaigner, founder & director of Women4Oceans).
The new consortium is bringing networks upfront for managing the three communities (platform, youth, schools), and is strengthening its communication capacities. The coalition will bring ocean literacy to networks and organisations beyond the current community members, and go beyond EU borders. In addition, JPI Oceans is active as a subcontractor and will play a role in facilitating the mobilisation of ocean research projects funded under the JPI Oceans umbrella to support the coalition in terms of memberships, events, advocacy and communication campaigns.