• Damon Swisher

The United Nations Officially Launches the "Ocean Decade"

FINALLY! This is what we have all been waiting for! On January 1st, 2021, the UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission officially launched the Ocean Decade, a decade of focus on our oceans to improve conservation and scientific understanding.

According to the commission, there is A LOT to do over the coming decade. The commission states that it's purpose is to increase research, development, observation, and reductions on risk capacities across the world in a joint venture with leading scientific research organizations, institutions, and governments.

In the United States, our very own National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is considering their participations - and asking the citizens of the U.S. to offer their ideas and thoughts on the level of participation. If you'd like to share your own thoughts with NOAA and have your voice heard on Ocean Decade participation, you can access their survey here!

"UN officially launches the "Ocean Decade" for a decade of exploration, scientific achievement, and safety of the ocean!" (CLICK TO TWEET)

One of the main goals the "Ocean Decade" means to accomplish is increased governmental observance and participation in ocean sciences and conservation. Earlier I mentioned that the goal was to have governments and institutions collaborate, and that's true - but it will take more than just a decade to evolve our interactions with the ocean, so by enacting a joint measure like Ocean Decade, governments may see the long term benefits of increasing their oceanic administrations and industry.

Audrey Azouley, the Director-General of UNESCO, even states "The ocean is our new frontier. It covers 71% of the globe, but we know very little about it. Only 5% of the ocean has been explored. This decade will make it possible to coordinate research efforts."

That's like music to my ears. I believe I was able to start TheVast in late 2020 just so we could be here for Ocean Decade. We will be sure to bring you all the exciting news from the frontlines about the ocean, including new developments and marine science breakthroughs! We can't wait to learn more about the benefits yet to come!

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