MERE members contributed with input to the recently launched ‘Ocean Decade – Arctic Action Plan’, which you can read here. Brooks Kaiser and Melina Kourantidou participated in an online series of meetings hosted by the Danish Centre for Marine Research providing input at discussions of the UN Ocean Decade Arctic Workshop – A productive ocean (WG3). This is the the first Ocean Decade regional plan, and is expected to be reviewed and updated several times over the coming years.

The United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) (‘Ocean Decade’) offers the opportunity to address global scientific and societal challenges related to sustainability in the oceans. The series of workshops were part of an effort to inform the development of the Implementation Plan for the Ocean Decade and help develop regional action plans.

Here are the two key questions that have been in the epicenter of the Arctic Action Plan development process :
1. What are the barriers that hinder progress towards achieving the Societal Outcomes of the Ocean Decade in the Arctic regions?
2. What transformative ocean science solutions will help overcome these barriers and how could they be implemented throughout the Ocean Decade?

The main barriers identified can be summarized as follows: 1) A disconnected Arctic, 2) Insufficient means to ensure safety and health in the Arctic, 3) Inadequate knowledge of the value and distribution of resources, 4) Inadequate management of Arctic marine ecosystems, 5) Inadequate support to the Arctic regions.

Read more on the key ambitions of this ‘Ocean Decade – Arctic Action Plan’, the transformative solutions proposed, the Road Map and many more here.