Specifically, the agreement was signed in Copenhagen on May 14 by Dr Graham Allen, Acting Director of Seabed 2030, and Paul Holthus, WOC Founding President and CEO, on the fringes of the 1st Global Planning Meeting of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

Moreover, it was announced that Seabed 2030 will participate in the WOC 7th annual Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS), Paris, 20-22 November 2019, and will collaborate with WOC to conduct an SOS workshop for industry on bathymetric data collection and sharing.

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The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project, launched by Mr Yohei Sasakawa of The Nippon Foundation at the UN Ocean Conference in 2017, is a project to map the entirety of the world’s ocean floor by the year 2030, and to include all bathymetric data in the freely available GEBCO Ocean Map.

WOC CEO Paul Holthus during the signing ceremony, commented

The MOU with Seabed 2030 strengthens our efforts to encourage ocean industries to contribute bathymetric data, which we are advancing as part of the broader WOC SMART Ocean – SMART Industries program, which engages the full range of ocean business sectors to participate in data collection and sharing.

Dr Graham Allen, Acting Director of The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project noted that this collaboration will enable the Foundation pursuit the goal of mapping the oceans' seabed.