National Action

Ocean Knowledge Revolution at the Country Level

National Decade Committees (NDCs) 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.

 

The National Decade Committee Guidelines offers structural and governance advice for the setting up and running of NDCs.

The IOC Secretariat is increasing a more structured engagement with National Decade Committees and has started organizing regular informal meetings to provide information about the Decade progress, the endorsement process of Decade actions and guidance on the diverse engagement mechanisms (e.g. Stakeholder Forum, Decade Collaborative Centers and Decade Implementing Partners amongst others).

 

National Decade Committees can use the Decade’s logo to implement or coordinate national outreach and communications activities in accordance with the Ocean Decade Brand Guidelines.

Brazil

The Ministry of Science Technology and Innovations organized an Advisory Committee for the Ocean Decade, 5 Regional Groups to support Mobilization and a Youth Mobilization Group. This governance was built in 2020 including representation from government, civil society, private sector and researches, along with a series of actions and events to prepare Brazil for the Ocean Decade.

NDC Website

Link to National Launch.

Discover the key figures of the National Implementation Plan of the Ocean Decade.

Contact point:

Karen Silverwood-Cope
Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communication
Email: cgoa@mctic.gov.br, karen.cope@mctic.gov.br

Canada

Website: Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Link to National Launch.

Contact point:

Allison Webb
Director at Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Email: Allison.Webb@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
Email: DFO.OceanDecade-DecennieOcean.MPO@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Colombia

Website: Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Link to National Launch.
Watch the event.

Contact point:

Sonia Carolina González Arévalo
Colombian Ocean Commission
Email: internacional@cco.gov.co

France

Website: Commission Océanographique Intergouvernementale

Contact point:

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

Germany

The National Committee (Ozean Dekadenkomitee) was created in the second half of 2020, allowing National Committee members to engage and shape the evolution of the Decade and its implementation in Germany early in the process. The Committee was formally established by the German IOC committee and members of the National Committee were drawn by an open application process from academia, non-profits, government, policy, early careers and industry, comprising a well-rounded body of expertise across multiple groups relevant to the Decade.

The National Committee will hold its launch meeting in June 2021 after the international launch event with the ambition to promote the Decade in Germany and engage participation from all sectors. The National Committee is developing a national action plan and established eight subgroups to facilitate engagement and action towards the Decade objectives. The National Committee website features some generic information about the Decade and will increasingly incorporate announcements made by the National Committee Members, upcoming events, opportunities for early-career professional and youth involvement, Q&A features of those engaged with the Decade, and a list of National Committee members.

Website: Ozean Dekadenkomitee
Link to List of Members

Contact point:

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

Italy

Website: Italian Oceanographic Commission

Contact point:

Rosalia Santoleri
Italian Oceanographic Commission
Email: segreteria.coi@cnr.it

India

Website: Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS)

Contact point:

Srinivasa Kumar Tummala
Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), Government of India
Email: srinivas@incois.gov.in

Japan

Contact point:

Tomohiko Tsunoda
Ocean Policy Research Institute of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation
Email: t-tsunoda@spf.or.jp

Yutaka Michida
University of Tokyo
Email: ymichida@aori.u-tokyo.ac.jp

Norway

Website: The Research Council of Norway’s Ocean Secretariat

Link to proposed priority areas for Norwegian efforts.

Contact point:

Kjersti Fjalestad
The Research Council of Norway’s Ocean Secretariat
Email: ktf@rcn.no

Portugal

Contact point:

Luis Menezes Pinheiro
Portuguese Committee for the IOC and University of Aveiro
Email: lmp@ua.pt; luismenezespinheiro@mne.pt

United Kingdom

Website: International Working Group (IWG)

Contact point:

Lowri Griffiths, National Oceanography Centre
Marine Science Co-ordination Committee (MSCC)
International Working Group (IWG)
Email: lowri.griffiths@fcdo.gov.uk

United States

The U.S. National Decade Committee was created in the first half of 2020, allowing National Committee members to have an early stake in the Decade, including providing feedback on the Implementation Plan, gathering ideas for Decade Actions, and catalyzing support for the Decade. Members of the National Committee are drawn from academia, non-profits, retired government employees, and industry, comprising a well-rounded body of expertise across multiple groups relevant to the Decade. These experts are largely drawn from the U.S. National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Mathematics, Ocean Studies Board, the Marine Board, and Polar Research Board (NASEM).

The National Committee held a launch meeting in February 2021 for U.S. activities in support of the Decade that sought participation from these sectors. The National Committee has developed a communications strategic plan to increase engagement and potential for coordination of Decade activities. The National Committee website features announcements made by the National Committee Members, upcoming events, ocean science resources, opportunities for early-career professional and youth involvement, Q&A features of those engaged with the Decade, and a list of National Committee members.

Website: The U.S. National Decade Committee

Contact point:

Elizabeth Hillman
National Academies of Science, Engineering, Medicine (NASEM)
Email: ehillman@nas.edu