Specifically, the agreement focuses on dealing with marine debris, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU), and climate change through innovative education initiatives that will also support priority areas identified in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14 that is focused on the ocean.
In addition, the partners will develop the concept of a ‘floating university’ to provide new ocean science learning opportunities in developing coastal and small island States globally.
This project will enable yound and unestablished scientists from all over the world to become stewards of our ocean and undertake important science in areas such as marine debris, IUU fishing and climate change.
In light of the agreement, Dr Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, President of WMU commented that
WMU is pleased to enter into this important agreement with REV Ocean that promotes ocean literacy and education. The ocean is the lifeblood of humanity and through key partnerships such as this, we are working to protect it and support the achievement of UN SDG 14.