Ocean Census

Ocean Census

Ocean Census 2000 1334 Ocean Decade

Lead institutions:

The Nippon Foundation & Nekton Foundation – United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK)

Ocean Census is a global alliance of partners uniting to accelerate the discovery of marine biodiversity to galvanise sustainable management and protection.

Launched in April 2023, Ocean Census is founded and coordinated by The Nippon Foundation & Nekton.

Ocean Census has 5 missions:

  • To Explore: expeditions to collect and document species in biodiversity hotspots, prioritising taxa that are new to science and / or endangered.
  • To Discover: Accelerating the speed of species discovery and description, with a target of 100,000 new species over the next decade and describing up to 10,000.
  • To Inspire: Raising public and policy interest and galvanising sustained action to protect ocean life.
  • To Conserve: Increasing accessibility and interoperability of ocean life data to accelerate decision making and ensure open access and equitable use for the common good.To Sustain: Building an inclusive, international network of taxonomists and biodiversity experts in high, low and middle income nations.

Start Date: 01/04/2023
End Date: 31/03/2033

Lead contact: Oliver Steeds (oliver@nektonmission.org)

challenges: Develop a sustainable and equitable ocean economy, Protect and restore ecosystems and biodiversity, Skills, knowledge and technology for all
ocean_basins: All Ocean Basins
type_of_action: Programme

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