Arctic Workshop

The UN Decade of Ocean Science provides an unprecedented opportunity to increase the global awareness of the importance of the ocean and marine ecosystems in the health and well-being of human-kind. In particular, the Arctic planning workshop provides a forum to engage parties across science, industry, communities and policy with a vested interest in the future of the Arctic marine environment.

The Regional Arctic Ocean Decade Workshop held in Copenhagen (Denmark ) from 29 April to 1 May, is part of a global consultation process in the preparation of the UN Ocean Decade, where the focus is the Arctic. 

It offers an opportunity to discuss, prioritize and formulate proposals for Arctic initiatives to be framed under the Decade. The workshop is hosted by the Danish Center for Marine Research in collaboration with UNESCO's IOC.

The Arctic deserves special focus as the region is currently experiencing rapid change. This is materialized as changes in physical and chemical conditions, as well as ecosystems and the distribution of species. 

This workshop will provide outputs aligned with the five regional planning workshops, defined as part of the consultation phase of the Ocean Decade. It will identify how business, policy and science can work together on Arctic issues, focusing on:

  • Identifying knowledge gaps and Arctic ocean science priorities for the 2030 Agenda
  • Defining possible common regional ocean policy priorities
  • Leveraging existing Arctic partnerships/networks/initiatives and identifying those lacking
  • Involving local and indigenous communities and knowledge, and contributing to further development of regional ocean literacy
  • Selecting priority themes and topics to be addressed by the Decade from a sustainable development perspective

Why should you participate?

  • Arctic communities: You can ensure the necessary local sustainable development needs are addressed by the Decade and ensure local knowledge is integrated across science, industry and policy.
  • Arctic industry: You can align with regional development and highlight current and future regional barriers for economical development.
  • Arctic policy makers: You can contribute to and gain from a dialog identifying the future policy needs for Arctic development.
  • Arctic scientists: You can help define how to integrate research knowledge and technology into regional development and identify knowledge gaps to be addressed.


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2 APRIL 2020