G7 Future of the Seas and Oceans Initiative

The G7 Future of Seas and Oceans Initiative aims to bring together marine scientists and representatives of G7 government agencies and ministries to improve the global ocean observing system. This ocean observing system will generate data that will, for example, provide information on the state of our seas and oceans, which is necessary for weather and climate forecasting and for the development of a sustainable blue economy. 

In 2016, G7 ministers agreed on an ambitious approach to addressing ocean issues and developed the Future of Seas and Oceans Initiative with five main areas of action:

Observation 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.