G7 initiative
Future of the Seas and Oceans

The G7 Future of the Seas and Oceans Initiative (FSOI) aims to bring together marine scientists and representatives of G7 government agencies and ministries to improve the global ocean observation system. This ocean observation system generates data that can be used, for example, to make statements about the state of our seas and oceans and is necessary for weather and climate forecasting as well as for the development of a sustainable blue economy. 

In 2016, the G7 ministers agreed on an ambitious approach to tackling marine issues and developed the "Future of the Seas and Oceans" initiative with five main areas of action.

Main areas of action

Monitoring system

Support the development of a global initiative for an improved, global and sustainable ocean and sea observing system.

Assessment & Reporting

Support an improved ocean assessment system through the regular United Nations process for global reporting and assessment of the state of the marine environment.

Infrastructure for data sharing

Promote the improvement of the global data sharing infrastructure to address the challenges of physical, chemical and biological data.

Regional monitoring capacities

Approaches to support the development of regional observation capacities and knowledge networks.

Political cooperation

Promote enhanced G7 policy cooperation by identifying additional measures needed to improve future routine ocean observations.

Contact person


The work of the G7 FSOI is carried out by the G7 FSOI Coordination Centre. The G7 FSOI Working Group is made up of the G7 FSOI Coordination Centre and the national focal points, representatives of the G7 ministries and funding agencies and their scientific experts.

Dr Jella Kandziora

National contact person, G7 FSOI