The United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development is a global initiative, which provides a vital opportunity for the global community to work together to transform Ocean-climate knowledge into action. Ensuring the sustainable management and conservation of our Ocean for both current and future generations.

The Vision 2030 Initiative

10 challenges are at the heart of the UN Ocean Decade. We have 10 years to overcome 10 challenges to secure a healthy future for our Ocean. The Vision 2030 Initiative is a collaborative, ambition-setting process to define success for these 10 challenges and the key outcome will be a set of white papers on the 10 challenges.

The Challenge 10 Whitepaper – Changing society’s relationship with the Ocean

Challenge 10: Ensure that the multiple values and services of the Ocean for human well-being, culture, and sustainable development are widely understood, and identify and overcome barriers to behaviour change required for a step change in humanity’s relationship with the Ocean.

Dr Diz Glithero from the Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition, and our very own Head of Ocean Advocacy and Engagement, Nicola Bridge, are co-chairs of the expert working group for Challenge 10.

The Challenge 10 Working group are answering the following questions:

  • What does success look like at the end of the Decade, or sooner?
  • How will we know if we’ve changed society’s relationship with the Ocean?
  • What are the priority actions, indicators and milestones?

The set of white papers will be delivered at the 2024 Ocean Decade conference in Barcelona.

Nicola will head out to present the white paper in April. Her wealth of experience and knowledge has shaped the work of the Ocean Conservation Trust, from making our experiences accessible, to innovative ideas to connect as many people with the Ocean as possible. We are so proud that she is now part of a crucial working group tackling challenges the Ocean faces.