G7 Future of Seas and Oceans Initiative

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In a statement to the OceanObs ‘19 Conference, the G7 Future of the Seas and Oceans Working Group stressed the importance of a coordinated, collaborative and global effort for high-quality and sustained ocean observations. To support this endeavour and to address the G7 FSOI Action Areas, they announced the establishment of a Coordination Centre that would interface with the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) and be interlinked with other G7 priority areas.

This Centre has been established to build upon and improve the coordination between existing programs and to implement the action plans that have been developed for each Action Area. Where appropriate, the G7, in collaboration with GOOS, will explore options to use the Coordination Centre as a vehicle to usher forward recommendations forthcoming from the OceanObs’19 conference and support other relevant initiatives, such as the for Sustainable Development (2021-2030).

GOOS 2030 Strategy

The G7 FSOI work plan is being developed in coordination with GOOS and its 2030 Strategy and Implementation Roadmap. By working at the nexus of science and governance on issues that advance ocean observations, the G7 FSOI is working with GOOS to determine how the G7 FSOI can add unique value to common priority areas, including fostering agreements on priorities for coordinated investment, catalysing and facilitating authoritative scientific underpinning, providing leadership for leading-edge science and technology efforts, and fostering governance and policy agreements between G7 countries.

The GOOS 2030 Strategy outlines a vision for ‘a truly global ocean observing system that delivers the essential information needed for our sustainable development, safety, wellbeing and prosperity’. The Goals of 2030 Strategy are focused on:

  • Deepening Engagement and Impact : Deepen engagement and partnership from observations to end users to advance the use and impact of the observations and demonstrate its benefits.
  • System Integration and Delivery: Deliver an integrated, ‘fit for purpose’ observing system built on the systems approach outlined in the Framework for Ocean Observing.
  • Building for the Future: Building for the future through innovation, capacity development, and evolving good governance.