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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Observing System (Action Area 1)

International scientists signal missing ocean data in global climate policy

In a workshop convened by the Ocean Frontier Institute, international scientists raised alarm that global climate target calculations and derived climate policies are missing a critical variable: the impact of changing ocean carbon on the climate.

All Action Areas

Summary Report from G7 FSOI Working Group Meeting 2021

The G7 FSOI Coordination Centre has published a summary report from the June 2021 Working Group meeting that outlines the major actions to be taken forward jointly by the G7 countries and the European Union to enhance global ocean observations.

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.