Description/achievement of initiative

In the last summits on SD, States agreed on the need for a joint framework for conservation and sustainable use of ocean resources. To reach this goal, we shall bring together researchers, policy makers, economic stakeholders, local authorities and the general public in dialogue, mutual learning, and action in order to develop the Blue Society concept, a new vision of our life on Earth, in the spirit of sustainability, well-being and equity for mankind in harmony with the World Ocean.
To implement it, we shall identify innovative research themes and governance modes and promote them to be duplicated elsewhere.

World Ocean Network
Global Ocean Forum
Sea For Society IUCN
Agence des aires marines protégées
Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO
United Nations Development Program
Ocean Policy Research Foundation

Implementation methodologies

There is a clear need for cooperation among States in marine scientific research and sustainable governance to build the new vision of the Blue Society.
We shall create the framework of the Blue Society by working with civil society, youth and other stakeholders in Europe thanks to the Sea for Society project. The consultation and mobilisation fora will be held to link together innovation and marine ecosystem services.

At the international level, we shall join efforts with World Ocean Network and Global Ocean Forum to feed, promote, and implement the concept of Blue Society with more partners worldwide.

An international expert group, the Blue Society Advisory Panel, will steer the development of the concept. International and European experts from the Global Ocean Forum and IUCN will collaborate with key regional stakeholders worldwide to enrich and promote the Blue Society concept.

With the support of Directorate General Research and Innovation of the European Commission, Business Innovation Centers, science centres and aquariums, research organisations (including the Sea for Society consortium) and business representatives, we shall further translate this concept into actual research and business partnerships.

In 2015, we shall convene an international event on the Blue Society: the Blue Society conference.


World Ocean Network
Global Ocean Forum

Potential partners still to be confirmed
Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO
United Nations Development Programme
Ocean Policy Research Foundation
Sea for Society consortium
International Union for Conservation of Nature
Agence des Aires Marines Protégées
Deliverable Date
The Blue Society Advisory panel will be installed 2012
We shall lead consultation fora and mobilization process in ten European countries (Belgium, Spain, France, Greece, Italy, Ireland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Sweden). 2013
The 2013 3rd International Marine Protected Areas Congress will be the opportunity to consult with partners worldwide. World Ocean Network will launch a broader mobilization effort, with the preparation and organization of the 2014 WON 5th international 2014
Launch of the Blue Society concept in an international conference. 2015
Resources devoted to implementation
Type Details
Staff / Technical expertise Expert staff on Capacity Development on oceans, coasts, and SIDS (all partners)
Staff / Technical expertise Capitalisation on the Sea for Society Mobilisation and Mutual Learning action plan and partnership; project funded by European Union DG Research and Innovation
Staff / Technical expertise Expert staff and public outreach network (Nausicaa, World Ocean Network)
In-kind contribution GOF network of over 3,000 ocean leaders and collaborators from Intergovernmental, governmental and non-governmental organizations, research and academic institutions, and the private sector

Manuel CIRA, World Ocean Network Coordinator,

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