EuroGOOS Fixed Platforms Task Team organised its first on-site meeting since its kick-off
Nominations are open for Kostas Nittis Award 2023
EMD 2023 Workshop Sustainable ocean observation: shared responsibilities
We are pleased to co-organize a European Maritime Day (EMD 2023) workshop ‘Sustainable ocean observation, from open sea to coast: shared responsibilities‘, to take place on on 25 May 2023 at 14.30 – 15.45 CET. The event is co-organized by Ifremer, Eurofleets+, Euro-Argo ERIC, Esprit de Velox, EMODnet, EOOS, and EuroGOOS.
In the face of climate change and loss of biodiversity for which the ocean is steering the future of our planet, ocean observation is key to preserving the ocean as a common good of humanity and to deliver the European Green Deal. Today, European ocean observing is not sustainable, lacks coordination and support, and its trajectory is not convergent with the greenhouse gas reduction targets by 2050. It is relying on marine research infrastructures and observing networks mostly financed from research resources by nations with a maritime coastline. Despite the obvious progress made in recent years, this cannot satisfy the needs for exponential growth and profound technological refoundation.
Coordinated and optimised for efficiency, cost and intrinsic environmental footprint ocean observation from open sea to coast is paramount for sustained and reliable provision of oceanographic services and information. This workshop will discuss how the ocean observing stakeholders are consolidating efforts to limit the duplication and promote long-term coordination and sustainability. We will discuss the challenges we face and solutions our communities offer in delivering a common ocean observation strategy.
Register to EMD and our workshop (25 May, 14.30-15.45) here
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ASSW 2023 meeting: Towards an Arctic GRA
EuroGOOS International Conference – Call for Abstracts open!
Call for abstracts is open for the EuroGOOS International Conference (3-5 October 2023, Galway). Deadline for submission is 16 April.
This year marks an anniversary edition of the EuroGOOS Conference, which has provided a focal point for European operational oceanography for nearly 30 years. This edition has been endorsed as an official event of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030.
The Conference will offer an opportunity to discuss how well our ocean monitoring and forecasting are supporting societal and policy needs. The event will facilitate dialogue among a broad range of ocean observing and forecasting stakeholders, towards a fit-for-purpose ocean information delivery.
The key priorities of the 10th EuroGOOS International Conference are:
- Analyse the state of the art and defining emerging priorities in operational oceanography;
- Advance the European Ocean Observing System (EOOS) framework towards the sustainability and integration of in situ observations;
- Develop a seamless forecasting system of the European seas and global ocean;
- Strengthen the responsiveness of European operational oceanography to policy and governance needs;
- Foster engagement of all stakeholders to co-design the European operational oceanography;
- Promote diversity, equity and inclusivity in oceanography and ocean science;
- Integrate European operational oceanography into the global context.
Discover the full call for abstracts on the Conference website: Eurogoos-conference2023.marine.ie.
This event is co-organized by the EuroGOOS Office and the Marine Institute, Ireland. This is an event of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030.
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DOORS Multi-Actor Forums for the Black Sea and new Ocean Literacy Network
The EuroGOOS Office is leading stakeholder engagement in the EU DOORS project, Developing Optimal and Open Research Base for the Black Sea. As part of stakeholder engagement, national Multi-Actor Forums (MAF) are held, facilitated by Athena RC, Greece. The events are taking place in Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, and Türkiye during 2022 and 2023. Scroll down to see some pictures.
The first round of MAF workshops were completed on The World Wetlands Day of 2 February 2023 in Batumi, Georgia. At the Georgian MAF, tourism and fisheries were highlighted as essential socioeconomic sectors in the eastern Black Sea – both Georgia and Türkiye intensively fishing in this part of the Black Sea basin. Coastal hazards have been identified as another important topic for the stakeholders. Pervasive nuisances with coastal erosion will be significantly exacerbated with imminent climate change induced threats, such sea level rise and more frequent coastal floods. Even tornados, almost never heard of in this region, are becoming increasingly common amid climate crisis.
The participating stakeholders of the Romanian MAF, which took place in Constanta on 25 January 2023, prioritized such topics as marine research and development, tourism, ocean renewable energy, and fisheries and aquaculture. Furthermore, the need to harmonise local legislation alongside the European model was identified as a key objective in order for these different sectors and regions to effectively work together and sustainably use the coastal resources. While the Romanian Black Sea coast enjoys a vibrant tourism industry, there are many other unexploited resources such as protected areas, archaeological and geological sites, and adventure and vineyard tourism to maximise the potential of the region.
The Bulgarian MAF took place on 18 November 2022 in Burgas. The most prominent topics of the day were the importance of tourism as a significant contributor to the country’s economy. The sector contributed 15% of the GDP and supported 150,000 workplaces in 2014. Sustainability of tourism and new areas such as ecotourism were discussed. The stakeholders also stressed the lack of marine knowledge and information for the blue economy users.
On 9 November 2022, the DOORS Turkish MAF took place in Trabzon. In the meeting, we heard growing concerns expressed about Black Sea fish stocks and the impact of plastic pollution. The participants also saw tourism and maritime transport as important areas of further growth.
Alongside our stakeholder engagement activities in DOORS, we have also started the work on engaging youth and general public. On 1 February 2023 in Trabzon, Türkiye, the DOORS Ocean Literacy Network was kicked off. The Network will contribute to the EuroGOOS Ocean Decade project Scientists for Ocean Literacy. It is bringing together academia and NGOs, as well as experts in science-policy engagement, stakeholder management, and communicators.
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EOOS Strategy 2023-2027 launch: “Advancing EOOS – the foundation of European ocean knowledge”
DOORS Ocean Literacy Network kick-off and Georgian Multi-Actor Forum
The EuroGOOS Office is leading stakeholder engagement in the EU DOORS project, Developing Optimal and Open Research Base for the Black Sea. As part of stakeholder engagement, national Multi-Actor Forums (MAF) are held, facilitated by Athena, Greece. The events are taking place in Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, and Türkiye during 2022 and 2023. We will be attending the Georgian MAF, taking place in Batumi on 2 February. Click here to discover more information.
The event is bringing together a vast community of blue economy and ocean science stakeholders to discuss their needs and expectations from the DOORS project. Another DOORS event is taking place that week in Trabzon, Türkiye, on 1 February, where EuroGOOS will co-chair the kick-off of the DOORS Ocean Literacy Network, as part of the Scientists for Ocean Literacy Ocean Decade project.
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Sustainability panel debate of Malizia Sustainability Programme (The Ocean Race)
EU4Ocean second wave project kicks off!
The European Union’s EU4Ocean initiative 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. EuroGOOS is a founding member of the EU4Ocean coalition.
Since December 2022, our Office is also actively contributing to the second wave of the EU4Ocean implementation, coordinated by Acteon, France. This work goes hand in hand with the EuroGOOS Scientists for Ocean Literacy project of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030. The project officially kicked off on 17 January 2023 and will run for three years.
The EU4Ocean coalition is:
- Contributing to enhancing awareness and the engagement of all parties involved in the sustainable management of our ocean and seas;
- Helping its members to become ocean advocates in their own field/role/region;
- Contributing to the implementation of the EU marine and maritime policies and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the Agenda 2030.
The initiative is working closely with the UNESCO Ocean Literacy programme and has already establish hundreds of connections worldwide.
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