Since the AXA Research Fund fellowship started, Marina has also participated in two courses on Machine Learning tools and Science Productivity, attended meetings with the coordinator of the Climate Assembly and policy-makers of the fisheries sector in the Balearic Islands, and taught different seminars related to her field of research. Her team presented the AXA fellowship at the Spanish Institute of Oceanography and during the IX International Congress of Agroecology, in the session ‘Sowing initiatives with transformative potential in the fishing sector’. They delivered three talks and hands-on workshops to teenagers in high schools to engage their interests in climate change, the need for ocean-based solutions and promoting social resilience to face climate change.
According to the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy, “an integrated approach that is climate-smart and focuses on nature-based solutions, integrating well-managed marine protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures, alongside sustainable infrastructure development will be vital to protect coastal communities and marine habitats. This can support increased seafood production, enable pharmaceutical innovation, enhance climate change mitigation and adaptation, and protect and restore biodiversity and cultural values.”
“The end goal is to develop adequate and effective climate change mitigation strategies and ocean-based solutions that policy-makers can adopt,” she describes. “This is how we will facilitate a climate-smart management of the small-scale fisheries in the region.” Marina is also passionate about science dissemination and gender equality in science. “Through knowledge sharing of our results and findings with the community and decision-makers, and championing the role of women in research, together we can continue to tackle these challenges.”
For more details on Marina’s project, visit her Action page on the Ocean Decade website and her project page on the AXA Research Fund website.
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The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC/UNESCO) promotes international cooperation in marine sciences to improve management of the ocean, coasts and marine resources. The IOC enables its 150 Member States to work together by coordinating programmes in capacity development, ocean observations and services, ocean science and tsunami warning. The work of the IOC contributes to the mission of UNESCO to promote the advancement of science and its applications to develop knowledge and capacity, key to economic and social progress, the basis of peace and sustainable development.
About the Ocean Decade:
Proclaimed in 2017 by the United Nations General Assembly, the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) (‘the Ocean Decade’) seeks to stimulate ocean science and knowledge generation to reverse the decline of the state of the ocean system and catalyse new opportunities for sustainable development of this massive marine ecosystem. The vision of the Ocean Decade is ‘the science we need for the ocean we want’. The Ocean Decade provides a convening framework for scientists and stakeholders from diverse sectors to develop the scientific knowledge and the partnerships needed to accelerate and harness advances in ocean science to achieve a better understanding of the ocean system, and deliver science-based solutions to achieve the 2030 Agenda. The UN General Assembly mandated UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC/UNESCO) to coordinate the preparations and implementation of the Decade.
About the AXA Research Fund:
The AXA Research Fund was launched in 2008 to address the most important issues facing our planet. Its mission is to support scientific research in key areas related to risk and to help inform science-based decision-making in both the public and private sectors. Since its launch, the AXA Research Fund has committed a total of €250M to scientific funding and supported over 700 research projects in the areas of health, climate and environment, and socioeconomics.
 MedPAN and UNEP/MAP-SPA/RAC. 2021. The System of Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas in 2020.
 Ocean Panel. Transformations for a Sustainable Ocean Economy. A Vision for Protection, Production and Prosperity.