The first international think tank dedicated to Ocean Literacy is born in Venice, promoted by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO as part of the United Nations Decade of Marine Sciences for Sustainable Development (2021-2030). The aim of the thinktank will be to contribute to international cooperation and promote Ocean Education in every part of the world by sharing knowledge, techniques and projects from different sectors.
Led by Francesca Santoro, senior programme officer of IOC/UNESCO and global responsible for the Ocean Literacy programme, the think tank aims to raise awareness of the role of the ocean and what can be done to protect it.
Taking part is the group of experts selected by IOC / UNESCO from all over the world and with different backgrounds: 20 researchers, artists, communication experts, teachers, anthropologists, biologists and scientists.
The first meeting in the presence of the think tank, which will officially start the work and which will lead to the creation of a roadmap, will take place on 4 and 5 October in Venice, which has also become a reference point for ocean education. During the two days, explains a message, "the roadmap will be created to identify new synergies with institutions and the private sector, coordinate effective communication approaches, intercept opportunities for integrating Ocean Literacy into school programs, with the aim of bringing the ocean to school desks around the world by 2025".
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