Ocean Decade Programme on Sustainable Ocean Planning (SOP Programme)

Ocean Decade Programme on Sustainable Ocean Planning (SOP Programme)

Ocean Decade Programme on Sustainable Ocean Planning (SOP Programme) 2500 1600 Ocean Decade

Lead institution:

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (UNESCO-IOC) – France

The Ocean Decade Programme on Sustainable Ocean Planning (SOP) has been co-designed and developed to respond to the recommendations of the Ocean Panel’s agenda with regards to achieving 100% of sustainable ocean planning.

It also aims to leverage the ecosystem of the Ocean Decade, particularly in relation to Challenge 4 (Develop a sustainable and equitable ocean economy), and fast-track SOP implementation in coastal nations through technical and scientific support.

While the high-level purpose of this SOP Programme is to empower nations with the necessary tools and knowledge to develop and implement user-driven, mission-oriented, climate-smart and equitable SOP underpinned by scientific and Indigenous and local knowledge, the Programme also intends to support transboundary cooperation and enhance capacity development. Thus, the SOP Programme aims to foster a global community of practice, bringing together nations, researchers, and stakeholders to co-create and co-develop tailored, evidence-driven strategies for sustainable ocean use.

Start Date: 03/01/2024
End Date: 31/12/2050

Lead Contact: Julian Barbière (j.barbiere@unesco.org)

challenges: 3- Sustainable Blue Food, 4- Sustainable Ocean Economy, 9- Capacity Development
ocean_basins: All Ocean Basins
type_of_action: Programme, United Nations Action


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