The National Decade Committees of France and the United Kingdom recently held their first meetings, discussing current and future engagement in the Ocean Decade at the countrywide level.
As dynamic Ocean Decade actors, National Decade Committees are country-level, multi-stakeholder platforms that convene key national institutions concerned with the ocean and its management.
National Decade Committees bridge and engage the ocean community across their country, identify ocean science priorities and facilitate the co-design of Decade Actions. As hosts that can facilitate regional or sub-regional meetings on the Ocean Decade, National Decade Committees have a unique vantage point to be able to engage a wide variety of important perspectives.
The French National Decade Committee held its first national symposium on the Decade in July 2022 at the Océanopolis Aquarium in Brest, Brittany. The “Embark on the Ocean Decade” event highlighted the various programmes, projects and contributions of French actors involved in the Ocean Decade. The interventions were focused around the concepts of the digital ocean (observation and modelling), which are linked to Ocean Decade Challenge 8, and ocean culture, linked to Ocean Decade Challenge 10.
The symposium welcomed 150 participants simultaneously in person and online. France’s National Decade Committee will continue organizing similar exchanges regularly to strengthen national contributions to the Ocean Decade.