Policies on ocean and coastal issues
UNESCO's work on oceans and coastal issues aims to provide essential scientific information for governments and decision-makers regarding ocean and coastal ecosystems. It promotes the sharing of knowledge through networks and international conferences, bringing together researchers and policy makers.
EurOCEAN 2004, a marine science policy conference
It provides a forum for policy makers and strategic planners from EU Member State administrators to interface with the marine research community and marine stakeholders.
EurOCEAN 2004 will be held in Galway (Ireland) from 10 to 13 May 2004. It is organised by the European Commission in association with the Marine Institute (Galway, Ireland) and the ESF Marine Board (Strasbourg, France).
Ocean Portal is a high-level directory of Ocean Data and Information, and related websites.
GOOS promotes integration of the fragmented coastal environmental research community and its linkage to the community at large, especially user groups like policy makers, environmental and resource managers, NGOs, the business community, and the public in general, to enable them to get the scientific information they need to make informed decisions in a timely fashion.
GOOS is also promoting a broad-scale view of coastal ecosystems that takes into account the large scale forcing of the coastal system and which leads to reliable mechanisms for predicting environmental changes and their ecological consequences.
UNESCO is actively participating in the aid to those affected by the tsunami under coordination of the United Nations.
The IOC assists governments to address their individual and collective ocean and coastal problems through the sharing of knowledge, information and technology and through the coordination of national programmes.
The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO provides Member States of the United Nations with an essential mechanism for global co-operation in the study of the ocean.Back to top