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Regional initiatives and National Decade Committees

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Following the Decade Regional Planning workshops that were held throughout 2019 and 2020, informal stakeholders’ platforms have been established in several regions to advance the identification of regional initiatives and programmes for the Ocean Decade.


Worldwide dedicated structures will play a key role in guiding regional activities to support the development of programmes, projects and activities that will be endorsed as “Decade Actions”. 

•The Western Tropical Atlantic Regional Planning Group (WTA IPG) was established in July 2020 to advance and coordinate strategic partnerships and actions for the Western Tropical Atlantic region, and benefits from the support of IOCARIBE as its official Secretariat. In 2020, WTA IPG developed a framework of major challenges and actions around each Decade outcomes and will organize a series of virtual workshops to support the elaboration of a regional action plan.

Contact point: 
IOC- of UNESCO Sub-Commission for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions (IOCARIBE) Cesar Toro
Website: http://iocaribe.ioc-unesco.org/undecadeevents/undecadewtarw

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•The Arctic Task Force is presently preparing an Arctic Ocean Action Plan that will offer stakeholders an opportunity to identify actions and priorities for the Arctic Ocean in the Ocean Decade. Lead by the Danish Center for Marine Research, the Task Force has organised a series of virtual working group meetings around the Ocean Decade seven societal outcomes and will hold an online consultation on the first version of the Arctic Ocean Action Plan (March 2021). It will also offer participants of the working groups networking opportunities with other Arctic actors from science, governments, industry and NGOs. 

Contact point: 
Danish Centre for Marine Research
Colin Stedmon and Christian Riisager-Simonsen
Email: dch@danskhavforskning.dk
Website: https://www.oceandecade.dk/arctic-workshop

•The Pacific Regional Planning Group for the Ocean Decade is chaired by the Pacific Community Centre of Ocean Science (PCCOS) at the Pacific Community (SPC).

Contact point : 
Jens Krüger
Email: jensk@spc.int
Website: https://www.spc.int/

•The Regional Planning Group for the Western Pacific. 

Contact point: 
Wenxi Zhu
Email:  w.zhu@unesco.org
Website: https://ioc.unesco.org/

•The Regional Planning Group for Africa

Contact point: 
Mika Odido
Email: m.odido@unesco.org
Website:  https://ioc.unesco.org/


National Decade Committees (NDC) have been established to facilitate national coordination of Decade activities. These national multi-agency and multi-stakeholder platforms involve the national political and scientific institutions and actors concerned by the ocean and its management. Existing national coordinating mechanisms can provide the basis for performing such functions. The NDC will engage the national ocean community (a wide variety of local and sub-national stakeholders) and facilitate co-design of initiatives (programmes, projects and contributions) across groups of stakeholders that can be endorsed as Decade Actions. They will also facilitate hosting of sub-regional or regional meetings related to the Decade.

The Global Stakeholder Forum will provide a platform to promote exchange and cooperation between National Decade Committees.  

List of National Decade Coordination contact points

• Brazil
Karen Silverwood-Cope
Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communication
Email: cgoa@mctic.gov.br, karen.cope@mctic.gov.br
Website: http://decada.ciencianomar.mctic.gov.br/

Aurélie Chamiot-Prieur
Commission nationale pour la Commission Océanographique Intergouvernementale
Email: aurelie.chamiot-prieur@developpement-durable.gouv.fr
Website: https://www.ecologie.gouv.fr/

Rosalia Santoleri
Italian Oceanographic Commission
Email: segreteria.coi@cnr.it
Website: https://www.cnr.it/en

•United Kingdom
Lowri Griffiths, National Oceanography Centre
Marine Science Co-ordination Committee (MSCC) 
International Working Group (IWG)
Email: lowri.griffiths@fcdo.gov.uk
Website: https://projects.noc.ac.uk/iwg/decade-undos

•United States 
Elizabeth Hillman
National Academies of Science, Engineering, Medicine (NASEM)
Email: ehillman@nas.edu
Website: https://www.nationalacademies.org/our-work/us-national-committee-on-ocean-science-for-sustainable-development-2021-2030

Co-Chairs Gesine Meißner (former MEP)
Prof. Dr. Martin Visbeck
Email: info@ozeandekade.de


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