G7 Future of Seas and Oceans Initiative

Activities developed under the 5 Action Areas are finite-lifetime projects designed to test and pilot new initiatives to advance the global ocean observing system. They are developed through wide consultation across the G7 and the EU Ocean observing communities and in close partnership with the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS).

On 2 March 2021, the G7 FSOI National Focal Points met to review proposals for joint activities, and approved the further development of 8 activities. The G7 FSOI Coordination Centre will develop scoping teams for each activity and engage with relevant partners in the G7, EU, and international ocean programmes to target where the G7 can add unique value to advance the global ocean observing system. These activities will co-evolve with the programmes of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

The Coordination Centre is scoping the following potential activities under each of the G7 FSOI action areas:

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Observing system

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

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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.

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Data sharing infrastructure

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

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Regional observing capacity

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

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Political cooperation

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