Feb 5, 2021

Shifting the world’s attention to oceans and ocean cultures

Although almost three quarters of our planet are covered by water bodies and oceans are the largest ecosystem on earth, humans are largely terrestrial beings. While we slowly realize that oceans play crucial roles in the survival of humanity on earth, marine ecosystems, their connections and inter-relations with land-based systems are still mainly under-researched.

Jana Steingaesser / Okeanos Foundation for the Sea

Reason enough for the United Nations to shift the attention to marine ecosystems and their exploration, proclaiming 2021-2030 to become the ‘Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development’. A decade that aims at deepening our knowledge of marine ecosystems, supporting global ocean- and environmental knowledgetransfer between natural science, social science and traditional knowledge, guided by the question of what science we need for the oceans we want.

Traditional knowledge of Pacific islanders will play a crucial role in building wise ocean stewardship and environmental management. Planned outcomes are clean, healthy, productive, predicted, safe, accessible and inspiring oceans that invite to value what they offer to human survival and wellbeing. You can explore activities and resources and become part of the community shaping the future of our oceans.

> Visit the UN Ocean Decade website

Post by Jana Steingaesser / Okeanos Foundation for the Sea