Community Engaged Ocean Science in Canada

Community Engaged Ocean Science in Canada

Community Engaged Ocean Science in Canada 2000 1498 Ocean Decade

Lead institution:

Canadian Commission for UNESCO – Canada

This program seeks to address the question “how can ocean science contribute to sustainable marine development?” as it begins with the knowledge that ocean science left to its own devices will not necessarily contribute to sustainable development goals.

This is particularly the case if ocean science is not connecting to societal priorities or is of immediate relevance for “leaving no one behind” to meet the spirit of the Sustainable Development Goals. Importantly, science also historically contributed to the marginalization of Indigenous groups and knowledge systems.

Our project takes three stages. We first explore how science programs co-designed with coastal communities contributes to sustainable development. We then will research models of co-design with Indigenous groups in Canada. Finally, we will explore a specific case study on the use of Indigenous Knowledge Systems in the sustainable use of marine resources.

This Project is hosted by the Ocean Decade Programme Cultural Heritage Framework Programme

Start Date: 02/01/2022
End Date: 31/12/2024

Lead Contact: Zoe Compton (

challenges: 4- Sustainable Ocean Economy, 9- Capacity Development, 10- Behaviour Change
ocean_basins: Arctic Ocean, North Atlantic Ocean, North Pacific Ocean
type_of_action: Project


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