G7 Future of Seas and Oceans Initiative

In 2016, the G7 Ministers agreed to take an ambitious approach to tackling ocean issues, and developed the Future of the Seas and Oceans Initiative with 5 Main Action Areas:
Observing system

Support the development of a global initiative for an enhanced, global, sustained sea and ocean observing system.

Assesments and reporting

Support an enhanced system of ocean assessment through the UN Regular Process for global reporting and assessment of the state of the marine environment.

Data sharing infrastructure

Promote the improvement of global data sharing infrastructure to address the challenges of physical, chemical and biological data.

regional observing capacity

Strengthen collaborative approaches to encourage the development of regional observing capabilities and knowledge networks.

political cooperation

Promote increased G7 political cooperation by identifying additional actions needed to enhance future routine ocean observations.


Ocean Observing Report card 2021
Observing System (Action Area 1)

Ocean Observing System Report Card 2021

This annual report provides a key insight into the status of the Global Ocean Observing System, assessing observing networks’ progress, focusing on what is needed to meet the challenges and demands for ocean information, and encouraging collaborations and new partners to join the ocean observing community.

All Action Areas

G7 FSOI Working Group meeting 2021

Over a 3-day series of virtual sessions from 28 to 30 June, the G7 FSOI Working Group discussed and agreed on the way forward with a set of joint G7 ocean actions including key activities from the G7 Ocean Navigation Plan, approved by the G7 Climate and Environment Ministers in May 2021.

Upcoming events

29 Jun 2021

G7 FSOI Working Group meeting

00:00 - 23:59

The G7 Future of the Seas and Oceans Initiative Working Group will meet virtually from…

11 Jun 2021

G7 Summit

00:00 - 23:59

Hosted by the UK presidency, the G7 Summit will be held in Carbis Bay, Cornwall…

03 Jun 2021

All-Atlantic 2021 Conference side event ‘Towards an All-Atlantic Data Space for the Ocean’

15:00 - 17:00

The EU Office of the G7 FSOI will join the Blue-Cloud, the All-Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance (AANChOR), AtlantECO and iAtlantic to host the side event.