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Bringing the Ocean to Society
19 Dec 2018
How can ocean literacy be used to enhance multi-stakeholder processes in ocean governance?
Experts discuss how to use creative and interactive ocean literacy tools to communicate ocean knowledge to different audiences.

Ocean literacy is radically evolving from being a tool to be applied in formal education and training contexts to a tool for society as a whole. Recognizing the need to promote actions to transform ocean knowledge into action, UNESCO established the “Ocean Literacy for All Strategy”.

Under this strategy, and as contribution to the preparatory phase for the “United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030)”, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO) – EurOcean Cooperating Member - held the “First Meeting of the Expert Group on Ocean Literacy for Multi-Stakeholder Processes in Ocean Governance”, on 19-20 November 2018, at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. The event represented a bridge between the Ocean Literacy for All and the #MSP GlobaL: a new three-year long initiative that represents a joint effort between the IOC-UNESCO and the European Commission.

The experts discussed how to use creative and interactive ocean literacy tools to communicate ocean knowledge to different audiences. One of the main questions addressed was about how can ocean literacy tools and approaches support more equitable and transparent multi-stakeholders processes.

The outcomes highlight a need to advance professional capacity-building, to enhance stakeholders understanding about the ocean, by using interactive learning tools. It is important to understand how to make ocean knowledge actionable, how to empower social actors to drive concrete decisions.

Efforts should be focused on connecting different online sources of ocean knowledge and ocean data through common protocols, such as Application Programming Interfaces (API), that would enable the users to easily navigate through different platforms and knowledge hubs.

Want to learn more? Please click here to access the complete report IOC prepared on the matter.

The following steps are about continuing the discussion on how ocean literacy approaches and tools can be used to enhance multi-stakeholder processes in ocean governance.

How to join? Easy… just send an email to oceanliteracy@unesco.org with texts, pictures, screenshots of apps, digital tools, and voice or video recordings. You can also challenge your friends, peers and colleagues to consider the urgency of conserving our oceans, the role of Ocean Literacy in the collective conscience and as a component of multi-stakeholder marine governance processes such as Marine Spatial Planning.

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