Sargasso Sea Project

Sargasso Sea Project

Sargasso Sea Project 1000 1500 Ocean Decade

Lead institution:

Sargasso Sea Commission – United States of America (USA)

The overall objective of the nearly $3 million Sargasso Sea GEF-UNDP-UNESCO-IOC project is to facilitate a collaborative, cross-sectoral, and sustainable stewardship mechanism for the Sargasso Sea through improvement of the knowledge base and strengthened frameworks for collaborative management and governance.

The project will complete a socio-ecosystem diagnostic analysis (SEDA) for the Sargasso Sea, the first of its kind for a high seas system, which will lead into the development of a strategic action programme (SAP) for the conservation of the region. This SAP will be endorsed by stakeholders. In addition, the project includes a knowledge management element that will see it capture lessons learned and best practices in order to strengthen stewardship in other areas beyond national jurisdiction.

This project is hosted by the Ocean Decade Programme Global Ecosystem for Ocean Solutions (GEOS).

Start Date: 18/10/2022
End Date: 18/10/2026

Lead Contact: David Freestone (

challenges: 2- Protect and restore ecosystems and biodiversity, 5- Ocean-Climate Nexus, 10- Behaviour Change
ocean_basins: North Atlantic Ocean
type_of_action: Project


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