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Special Issue 2022

In 2017 the United Nations convened a high-level Our Ocean Conference to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 (SDG 14): Conserve and Sustainably Use the Oceans, Seas and Marine Resources, of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. One outcome of this conference was an inter-governmentally agreed declaration, a "Call for action" who’s Article 13.a) reads as follows: "Support plans to foster ocean-related education, for example as part of education curricula, to promote ocean literacy and a culture of conservation, restoration and sustainable use of our ocean", hence emphasizing the importance of Ocean Literacy (OL). Moreover, the UN has declared a Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030 to support and achieve SDG 14 aiming to achieve major scientific and technological progress and including considerable advancement and increase of OL in society, from education and school curricula, to decision-makers and the public at large.

Although the Mediterranean Sea is among the most important global biodiversity hotspots, it is also described as being “under siege” due to multiple human pressures on biodiversity, the functioning of marine ecosystems, and their capability for providing essential goods and services to human society. If Mediterranean marine resources are to be protected, conserved, and sustained, then people of the Mediterranean region need to know and understand the connection between them and the Sea, i.e. to be ocean-literate citizens.

Therefore, the aim of this Special Issue on Ocean Literacy is to present relevant studies of marine scientists and educators that take place in the Mediterranean region as well as review articles concerning OL issues worldwide.

Organizers

Yolanda Koulouri, Senior Researcher, HCMR

Thanos Mogias, Assistant Professor, Democritus University of Thrace

 

Editors    

Yolanda Koulouri, Senior Researcher, HCMR

Thanos Mogias, Assistant Professor, Democritus University of Thrace

Vasilis Gerovasileiou, Research Fellow, HCMR / Contributing Editor in MMS


Status

Open for submissions. Submission deadline: 31 March 2021.