The World Ocean Council (WOC) announced its collaboration with the Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project and the Global Blue Economy Business Organization to improve the mapping of the world’s ocean floor. WOC will support the Seabed 2030 vision and the ways in which organizations in the maritime community can collect and contribute bathymetric data to Seabed 2030.
The World Ocean Council (WOC) – the Global Blue Economy Business Organization – announced it has become an official ally of the World Benchmarking Alliance, aiming to advance development of sustainability criteria for global ocean business community.
‘Social license to operate’ is crucial to all ocean industries and the Blue Economy overall. A new report by WOC, ANCORS and Wageningen University provides a strategic, cross-sectoral and systematic assessment of the challenges and opportunities for industry in addressing social license in ocean economic activity.
The World Ocean Council (WOC) has convened the key green and sustainable shipping programs at several of the annual WOC Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS) events in order to foster and facilitate communication among the programs and stimulate coordination.
The Belmont Forum called for proposals on ‘Transdisciplinary Research for Ocean Sustainability’. Along with Future Earth and JPI Oceans, they aim to gather researchers and other expertise to advance sustainable use of the ocean and minimize the effects of climate change. The deadline for project pre-registration is 31 January 2019.
During World Water Week from 26 to 31 of August, senior corporate representatives will bring industry perspectives and examples on addressing the linkages between land and sea and implementing Sustainable Development Goals 6 and 14. The World Ocean Council will be Chairing a Session focusing on “Water, ecosystems and human development”.
The World Ocean Council invited the Arctic ocean businesses community to participate in a survey on the current state of data collection efforts and capabilities in the Arctic. The ARICE project targets to reduce risks to industry activities by making the scope and scale of Arctic ocean and atmosphere observations wider.
The World Ocean Council released the “Ocean Governance and the Private Sector.” This is an ocean review and foresight document based on business community involvement on Ocean Governance. The report identifies problems, solutions and opportunities for engaging the ocean business community in Ocean Governance . T
First key speakers of the 5th edition of the Sustainable Ocean Summit, organized by the World Ocean Council, to be held in Halifax, Canada, from 29 November to 1 December 2017, were officially announced.
World Ocean Council CEO Paul Holthus was invited to speak to the U.N. General Assembly on the occasion of the U.N. Ocean Conference, in recognition of the WOC role in ocean sustainable development. Mr Holthus emphasized the importance of business leadership and collaboration in addressing the challenges of ocean sustainability, science and stewardship, noting that “Every day is World Ocean Day at the World Ocean Council”.
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