Meet all the endorsed Ocean Decade Actions

Early Career Ocean Professionals (ECOPs)

Ocean Decade Informal Working Group for Early Career Ocean Professionals - Russian Federation

Arctic Ocean, Change humanity’s relationship with the ocean, Develop a sustainable and equitable ocean economy, Indian Ocean, North Atlantic Ocean, North Pacific Ocean, Programme, Protect and restore ecosystems and biodiversity, Skills, knowledge and technology for all, South Atlantic Ocean, South Pacific Ocean, Southern Ocean, Sustainably feed the global population

The ECOP Programme mission is to incorporate new ways of thinking into global ocean sustainability and stewardship challenges through diverse engagement.

The ECOP programme will achieve this by empowering ECOPs with meaningful networking and professional development opportunities to engage with each other and with local to global institutions through the framework of the UN Ocean Decade. The vision of the ECOP Programme is to elevate and strengthen the diverse perspectives of new generations of ocean professionals in a collective voice, ensuring that knowledge is transferred between experienced and early-career ocean professionals, to promote ocean sustainability for “The Ocean We Want”.

Start Date: 01/01/2021
End Date: 31/12/2030

This Programme hosts the following Ocean Decade Projects:

Training-through-Research (Floating University)

West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use: Cabo Verde Graduate School on Climate Change and Marine Sciences

Southeast Asian Ocean Professionals Program

PlaSTic On beaches: 3D-distRibution and weathering

Seaworthy Collective

Citizens of Surf (CoS)

Devising Early-Career Capacity Development-IndOcn (DECCaD-IO)

Lead Contact: Evgeniia Kostianaia (

Website: ECOP Programme website


Download the newly released ECOP brochure