Acting Director, Dr Graham Allen, was involved in key discussions at the First Global Planning Meeting of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development in Copenhagen from 13 - 15 May 2019.
The United Nations has proclaimed a Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) to support efforts to reverse the cycle of decline in ocean health and gather ocean stakeholders worldwide behind a common framework that will ensure ocean science can fully support countries in creating improved conditions for sustainable development of the Ocean.
Seabed 2030 forms a key part of Working Group 3 – A Predicted Ocean, in producing a complete, definitive map of the world’s ocean floor by 2030 and making it available to all. A complete GEBCO World Ocean Map will be a key enabler of other deliverables under Sustainable Development Goal 14, to determine 'The Science We Need for the Ocean We Want'.
The marine realm is the largest component of the Earth’s system that stabilises climate and supports life on Earth and human well-being. However, the First World Ocean Assessment released in 2016 found that much of the ocean is now seriously degraded, with changes and losses in the structure, function and benefits from marine systems. In addition, the impact of multiple stressors on the ocean is projected to increase as the human population grows towards the expected 9 billion by 2050.
The Global Planning Meeting saw approximately 200 thought-leaders, champions, and key stakeholders. A mixture of plenary and break-out groups facilitated international, interdisciplinary discussions across sectors to identify concrete deliverables and partnerships to meet the Decade's six societal objectives:
- A Safe Ocean
- A Sustainable and Productive Ocean
- A Transparent and Accessible Ocean
- A Clean Ocean
- A Healthy and Resilient Ocean
- A Predicted Ocean
The meeting has initiated a global dialogue that will continue throughout 2019 and 2020 via regional Decade workshops, conference side-events, and further thematic workshops, to inform the planning of the Decade. It is clear that Seabed 2030 and its objectives for a complete GEBCO World Ocean Map will underpin much of the science required to manage our oceans sustainably in the future.
About Seabed 2030
Seabed 2030 is a collaborative project between the Nippon Foundation and the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO). It aims to bring together all available bathymetric data to produce the definitive map of the world ocean floor by 2030 and make it available to all.