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.


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All Action Areas

G7 adopt UN Ocean Decade Navigation Plan

The Navigation Plan marks the beginning of the G7’s commitment to and support for the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030). It also establishes a framework through which the G7 will collaborate and advance their collective work on ocean science, ocean observing and ocean action throughout the Ocean Decade.

G7 communique May 2021
All Action Areas

G7 Climate and Environment Ministerial: Ocean Action

The communiqué from the G7 ministerial highlights the G7’s support for the G7 FSOI’s programme of activities, including the sharing of best practices, working towards the development of a digital twin ocean and net zero oceanographic capability, and evaluating global ocean indicator frameworks.

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.