|BG 13 Ocean Literacy-Engaging with Society -- Social Innovation|
|Duration||36 months (2015-2018)|
|Coordinator||Marine Biological Association of the UK|
Leader of WP1: Sea Change Fundamentals- Baseline Review
The overarching goals of the Sea Change project are to bring about a fundamental “SeaChange” in the way European citizens view their relationship with the sea, by empowering them – as ‘Ocean Literate’ citizens - to take direct and sustainable action towards healthy seas and ocean, healthy communities and ultimately - a healthy planet.
• Compile an in-depth review of the links between Seas and Ocean and Human health based on latest research knowledge outputs.
• Build upon the latest social research on citizen and stakeholder attitudes, perceptions and values to help design and implement successful mobilisation activities focused on education, community, governance actors and directly targeted at citizens.
• Build upon significant work to date, adopting best practice and embedding Ocean Literacy across established strategic initiatives and networks in order to help maximise impact and ensure sustainability.
• Ensure that efforts to sustain an Ocean Literate society in Europe continue beyond the life of Sea Change through codes of good practice, public campaigns and other ongoing community activities.
• Ensure that all activities of Sea Change are carefully monitored and evaluated to ensure maximum sustainability, effectiveness and efficiency.
• Ensure knowledge exchange with transatlantic partners to bring about a global approach to protecting the planet’s shared seas and oceans.
The objectives will be achieved by a closely interlinked programme. Sea Change includes a mobilisation phase engaging with citizens, formal education and policy actors. Crucially the legacy of Sea Change, including continuing knowledge sharing with North America, are embedded within the project.
WP1 will provide the Sea Change fundamentals through the provision of background information on the concept and state of Ocean Literacy, as well as drawing together information on how Ocean Literacy is currently embedded in different sectors of society, such as formal education and current governance. WP1 will provide valuable information that can be used as standalone communications material throughout the project, as well as information to support the mobilisation work packages (education, engagement and governance).
WP5 will engage in a dialogue with key actors of the international marine governance system with a particular focus on Europe and the trans-Atlantic context on the link between human health and the health of the seas and ocean in order to improve decision-making and subsequent policy development.
Further Sea Change project deliverables can be accessed via the Sea Change website.