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The Southern Ocean UN Decade

In the aim of reversing the cycle of decline in ocean health, the United Nations proclaimed a Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) to globally strengthen the international cooperation needed to develop the scientific research and innovative technologies that can connect ocean science with the needs of society. By gathering stakeholders worldwide, the initiative intends to set up a common framework to ensure ocean science can fully support countries in achieving the sustainable management of oceans across the globe.

The vast, remote and harsh environment of the Southern Ocean means that no single nation can sustain a research and data strategy alone to understand and manage this region. Since the Southern Ocean community of stakeholders is globally unique in its operation within the Antarctic Treaty System, which is entirely based on scientific understanding and environmental protection, it is imperative to strengthen international collaborations to improve scientific and political understanding of this remote region. 

Based on the recommendations in the global Ocean Decade implementation plan, members of the Southern Ocean community set up a Task Force to develop and implement a coordinated, international plan that builds on understanding how human interactions with the Southern Ocean can benefit society in ways that will also protect and conserve the unique characteristics of this region. This Action Plan will provide a framework for Southern Ocean stakeholders to formulate and develop concrete activities that support the Decade vision.

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Southern Ocean Decade
Internal member(s)
Annemie Janssen
Anton Van de Putte
Other member(s)
Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR)
SCAR Antarctic Biodiversity Portal (, Regional node for OBIS)
Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS)
European Polar Board (EPB)
Polar Data Discovery Enhancement Research (POLDER)
International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) of IOC/UNESCO
Integrated Climate and Ecosystem Dynamics of the Southern Ocean (ICED)
Scientific Committee for Oceanic Research (SCOR)
The WMO/IOC-UNESCO/ISC World Climate Research Programme (WCRP)
CLIVAR/CliC/SCAR Southern Ocean Region Panel
International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO)
Pew Charitable Trusts
Belspo is funding the 2nd Southern Ocean Regional Workshop and Polar Data Forum IV, two events co-hosted by RBINS and EPB in September 2021.
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