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REV Ocean Signs Two New Partnerships to Champion Ocean Education and Seabed Mapping

REV Ocean signs key agreements with the World Maritime University and the Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project to support  
the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development

Over the past two days, important agreements were signed between REV Ocean and important partners who share a common vision of achieving one healthy ocean.

In a virtual signing ceremony, REV Ocean and the World Maritime University (WMU) signed a new agreement that will focus on tackling marine debris, IUU fishing, and climate change through various education initiatives, and may also address the other priority areas of REV Ocean.

Specifically, REV Ocean and WMU will develop the concept of a ‘floating university’ to provide new ocean science learning opportunities in developing coastal and small island States globally. The collaboration will enable young and unestablished scientists from all over the world to become stewards of our ocean and undertake important science in areas such as marine debris, IUU fishing and climate change.

Dr Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, President of WMU, welcomed the agreement saying, “WMU is pleased to enter into this important agreement with REV Ocean that promotes ocean literacy and education. The ocean is the lifeblood of humanity and through key partnerships such as this, we are working to protect it and support the achievement of UN SDG 14.”

Nina Jensen, CEO of REV Ocean said: "This partnership agreement is the start of a long-term commitment of REV Ocean to education. We are looking forward to working with WMU over the coming years to enable students from all over the world to learn onboard the REV Ocean vessel."

An additional Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has also been signed between REV Ocean and The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project to work together to advance understanding of the ocean floor and support the United Nation’s Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

Seabed 2030 is a collaborative project between The Nippon Foundation and GEBCO to inspire the complete mapping of the world’s ocean by 2030, and to compile all bathymetric data into the freely available GEBCO Ocean Map. GEBCO is a joint project of the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), and is the only organisation with a mandate to map the entire ocean floor. 

The MOU will see REV Ocean contribute bathymetric data to Seabed 2030, as well as promote practices in technological innovation, infrastructure and solutions of ocean mapping and bathymetric data management challenges. 

“Collaborative working, on an international scale, is vital to achieving our goal of mapping the ocean floor by 2030,” said Jamie McMichael-Phillips, Director of Seabed 2030. “This new partnership is a testimony to that – and we look forward to working together with REV Ocean to identify ways to increase ocean mapping activity that in turn supports wider efforts that promote the ocean’s health.” 

Speaking at the virtual signing event, CEO of REV Ocean Nina Jensen said: “A complete map of the seabed will play a significant part in helping restore the health of the ocean, and in reducing the negative pressures it faces, including those posed by climate change. REV Ocean is therefore proud to partner with Seabed 2030, and to play a part in the monumental challenge of creating the first-ever definitive map of the world ocean floor.”

All data collected and shared with the Seabed 2030 Project will be included in the GEBCO global grid – the most complete bathymetric dataset of the world’s ocean floor. By 2030, the grid will represent a complete map to coincide with the conclusion of the UN Decade of Ocean Science.

By REV Ocean

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