The European Commission is committed to enhancing the impact and uptake of European ocean observation programmes and ocean data products beyond Europe. Consequently, EU4OceanObs will serve to foster collaborative partnerships with other regions and countries, and further stimulate the exchange of ocean data and knowledge. This will also contribute to optimising the use of existing ocean observing resources funded by the European Union (EU), from infrastructures collecting ocean data (satellite & in situ) and data handling and sharing portals, to forecasting services, and ocean data products and derived marine applications.

Furthermore, through its components on the G7 Future of the Seas and Oceans Initiative and the GEO Blue Planet Initiative, EU4OCeanObs will work with partners and stakeholders worldwide to stimulate global cooperation and commitment to ocean observing, and increase the capacity and coverage of the global ocean observing system.

The European Commission has established several regional initiatives that are partially or fully funded by the EU. EU4OceanObs will promote these initiatives as part of its mission to increase the sharing of ocean data and use of ocean information and knowledge to societal and environmental needs on a global scale.

The Global Monitoring for Environment and Security and Africa (GMES and Africa) is a joint programme co-financed by the European Commission and the African Union Commission. Launched in 2014, the Programme intends to adapt and use the Copernicus Programme data and services in the African context. GMES and Africa is designed to specifically respond to African needs with respect to the development of services for water, natural resources, marine and coastal areas, address the global needs to manage the environment, and ensure civil security. The Programme is implemented by 12 Consortia involving 144 institutions in 45 African countries, covering the whole continent. Four consortia were selected under the Marine and Coastal Resources theme, covering the development of applications for:

  • monitoring and forecasting of oceanographic variables (physical & biological oceanography variables, fishincoastal area monitoring (mapping, assessments and management)
  • coastal area monitoring (mapping, assessments and management)
  • monitoring ship traffic and pollution (oil spills, chemical pollution)
  • marine weather forecasting

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The All-Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance (AAORA) has been established to enhance marine research and innovation cooperation across the Atlantic Ocean, from pole to pole. AAORA aims to advance a shared vision of an Atlantic Ocean that is healthy, resilient, safe, productive, understood and treasured. Through a number of international projects, it supports the implementation of the Galway and Belem Statements on Atlantic Research and Innovation Cooperation, which the European Union signed respectively in 2013 with Canada and the USA, and in 2107 with Brazil and South Africa, as well as the bilateral agreements that the European Commission signed with Argentina, Cabo Verde and Morocco.

As part of the AAORA, the All-Atlantic Projects have received EU funding to run ocean research activities that are aligned with the objectives of the Galway and Belém Statements, contributing to the All-Atlantic Ocean Research Community.

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The AtlantOS programme builds on the EU Horizon 2020 AtlantOS project and the Galway and Belem cooperative agreements. AtlantOS supports cooperation, alignment of interests and the implementation of an integrated All-Atlantic Ocean Observing and information System. This in turn connects a number of highly relevant existing and future ocean observing activities to meet user needs. Its coordination is collaboratively supported by the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance (AORA), the All AtlaNtic Cooperation for Ocean Research and innovation (AANChOR) and national initiatives around the Atlantic basin. The programme supports the Atlantic basin scale implementation of the Global Observing Ocean System (GOOS) and contributes to the GEO Blue Planet Initiative.

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The EMODnet PArtnership for China and Europe (EMOD-PACE) is a collaborative project with China aiming to promote international ocean governance and support the implementation of global commitments through closer collaboration between Europe and China. This will be achieved by developing new information products, improving the access to marine observation data and data products, marine expert knowledge and by establishing a close working relationship between the Chinese Centre for Marine Meteorological and Oceanographic Climate Data and the European Marine Observation Data Network(EMODnet).

In the last week of January 2021, the Chinese National Marine Data and Information Service (NMIDS) and EMODnet jointly ran the online mid-term meeting of the EMOD-PACE and CEMDnet projects. Progress of the past year was reviewed and the recently signed Memorandum of Understanding between NMDIS and EMODnet was presented, which further confirms the commitments from both sides.

The European Commission’s for Foreign Policy Instruments (FPI) provides funding for the EMODnet-PACE project through the Partnership Funding Instrument (PI) and it is managed by the Unit FPI.4 Industrialised Countries & Foreign Policy Support.