The Italian Oceanographic Commission (COI) is preparing a proposal for a Mediterranean Programme to be submitted to the UNESCO/IOC first Call for Actions for the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.
Called The Science We Need for the Mediterranean Sea We Want (SciNMeet), this proposed programme aims to address major regional challenges and gaps in knowledge by:
- mobilising the scientific community, policy-makers, the private sector and society at large around an initiative of joint research and technological innovation to get the Mediterranean Sea back on track;
generating fit-for-purpose data and products with the aim to bring science and policy in tune and bridge the gap between the scientific community and society; and
addressing new policy requirements and evolving societal demands, while strengthening the science-policy-society interface towards an effective response from society on major pressures of the Mediterranean Sea.
The project, which would run from 1 October 2021 to 30 September 2030, will go beyond scientific capacity development, by creating a new awareness at the policy and civil society level, identifying alternative funding opportunities and increasing international collaboration to narrow North-South gaps and finally contribute to the implementation of the Agenda 2030.
Interested participants can click here to take a survey and provide feedback to the proposed programme, which will be submitted on 15 January.
Please click here for a full outline of the proposed programme.