UN DECADE OF MARINE RESEARCH FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

HOW THE GERMAN MARINE RESEARCH ALLIANCE IS CONTRIBUTING

The United Nations has proclaimed an International Decade of Marine Research for Sustainable Development from 2021 to 2030. Politics, society and science are to work together to successfully implement the UN Sustainable Development Goals, with the focus on Sustainable Development Goal 14 “Life below Water”. The goal of the UN Decade is to reverse the trend: Instead of deteriorating further, the health of coasts, seas and oceans is to recover once again.

HOW CAN WE MANAGE COASTS, SEAS AND OCEANS SUSTAINABLY TO SAFEGUARD OUR MEANS OF LIVELIHOOD AND ENSURE A DESIRABLE FUTURE ON OUR "BLUE PLANET"?

How to use our natural resources, our coasts, seas and oceans sustainably is a question for the future of humankind. The shape that sustainable development ought to take, and how this can be achieved, are challenges for science, politics, the economy and society as a whole.

The DAM brings together leading German marine research institutions. It addresses socially relevant future issues in marine research by means of joint research missions. It develops science-based courses of action for the sustainable use of the ocean and introduces these into the dialogue with society and politics. In its four core areas, the DAM contributes to meeting the goals of the UN Ocean Decade and to promoting the protection and sustainable use of the oceans.

The DAM cooperates with the German Ocean Decade Committee (ODK), which aims to raise awareness of the UN Decade of Marine Research for Sustainable Development in Germany, support its implementation in Germany and act as a link between national and international activities.

EVENTS

Various events and activities are taking place as part of the UN Decade of Marine Research for Sustainable Development:

Overview of worldwide activities

Overview of activities in Germany and opportunities for taking part

Ocean Decade Laboratories

In July 2021, the first of seven virtual “Ocean Decade Laboratories” was launched. These are based on the goals of the UN Decade of Ocean Research for Sustainable Development 2021-2030 and offer an international platform to support the activities of the UN Decade for one year until summer 2022.

The Laboratories aim to discuss pressing research issues and to stimulate innovative partnerships and dialogues on the Ocean Decade. Researchers and marine stakeholders worldwide are invited to virtually enrich the interactive Laboratories.

OVERVIEW OF MARINE, COASTAL AND POLAR REGIONS

Our oceans form the largest interconnected ecosystem on earth and are the habitat of more than two million species. However, climate change, pollution, and overfishing are increasingly threatening the fragile ecological balance. The protection and sustainable use of the oceans are the subject of numerous activities in education, research, and innovation worldwide. The portal Kooperation international takes up these issues and provides a separate topic page “Marine, Coastal, and Polar Regions” with a comprehensive range of information.
Link to the topic page Marine, Coastal, and Polar Regions

Underwater view of a reef
Seas and oceans play a central role in global climate processes; they are among the most important ecosystems on earth; and they directly impact the lives of millions of people. They are subject to substantial human pressures and at the same time they are closely interwoven with human culture. They are a source of food and raw materials, they provide trade routes, they are places we long to be and a source of inspiration even for people who live far from the sea. | Picture: Beth Watson / Ocean Image Bank

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The federal government and the regional governments of the five Northern German federal states are supporting and funding the current establishment of the DAM. In addition, the DAM is supported by the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres.

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