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19 May 2022 - 20 May 2022
Ravenna, Italy
European Maritime Day 2022

Ocean Literacy EU4Ocean Summit 2022 in Ravenna

After more than two years, it was time to celebrate the activities of the EU4Ocean Coalition‘s members! The EU4Ocean Summit which was hosted by the European Maritime Day 2022 in Ravenna, Italy and the Ocean Literacy Festival:

On 19 May, you were welcome to join us at the EU4Ocean booth and exhibition space at EMD 2022 conference venue, Pala de Andre in Ravenna, where many interactive activities were organised by the coalition’s members.

On 20 May 2022, during the European Maritime Day, the hybrid Ocean Literacy EU4Ocean Summit showcased and awarded the most successful initiatives, collaborations and actions of the EU4Ocean Platform, the Youth4Ocean Forum and the Network of European Blue Schools. Organisations, individuals, young people, schools and teachers were coming together to celebrate their efforts and commitment to the ocean and invited others to join them in their work to enhance ocean literacy throughout Europe.

After the Opening session, members of the three EU4Ocean communities came together to discuss what was achieved so far.

The successive Sessions 1 and Sessions 2, and the respective panel discussions focused on three topics: Climate & Ocean, Healthy and Clean Ocean, and Food from the Ocean.

Session 3 provided a forward-looking focus on the benefits of Ocean Literacy for society and opportunities for future developments and set the frame for the afternoon parallel workshops.

The morning concluded with the “EU4OCEAN in action!” - Award ceremony, which celebrated this milestone and the many contributions of its growing communities to Let’s make Europe Blue! 

In the afternoon, you had the opportunity to choose between a series of thematic workshops:

The Closing Session “Sailing forward” consisted of a round table discussion with representative from EC DG MARE, the EU4Ocean Coordinator, and the EU4Ocean coalition’s communities. The group provided a forward-looking focus for enhancing ocean literacy in sea basins, internationally, across the three topics, and discussed the next steps for the EU4Ocean Coalition.

The Summit, supported by the UNESCO as one of the Ocean Decade Actions, also kicked off a new series of initiatives, such as the new EU4Ocean Mentoring Programme.

On 21 May, you were invited to join the activities organised by the EU4Ocean Coalition members for the Ocean Literacy Festival! The Festival connected ocean literacy actors from Europe, and showcased the wide diversity of ocean literacy initiatives already in place. It featured on-site events (in Ravenna, Italy) as well as hybrid events organised in different locations across Europe and the various sea-basins. Activities could be submitted via this form until May 1st. (or until April 15th for activities in Ravenna).

A general overview and detailed information on the EU4Ocean plenary sessions and workshops taking place at the EU4Ocean Summit is available in the EMD Programme. Follow us on #EU4Ocean to keep up to date with the latest news!

Closed since 20 May 2022
Pala de André - Viale Europa
48122 Ravenna, Italy
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Participants 287
Meetings 114
Italy 691
Belgium 204
Spain 144
France 119
Portugal 108
Greece 98
Germany 79
Netherlands 49
Ireland 47
Croatia 44
United Kingdom 38
Poland 35
Norway 27
Finland 24
Turkey 20
Denmark 20
Latvia 18
Cyprus 17
Albania 14
Romania 12
Bulgaria 12
Sweden 11
Slovenia 10
Malta 9
Luxembourg 9
Switzerland 9
Lithuania 8
Austria 7
South Africa 6
Morocco 5
Hungary 5
Israel 5
United States 5
Brazil 5
Australia 5
Estonia 4
Canada 4
Nigeria 4
China 4
Ukraine 4
Egypt 4
Tunisia 3
Algeria 3
Belize 2
Fiji 2
Philippines 2
Malaysia 2
Faroe Islands 2
India 2
Serbia 2
South Korea 2
Georgia 2
New Caledonia 1
Holy See (vatican City State) 1
Ethiopia 1
Saudi Arabia 1
Viet Nam 1
Japan 1
Bangladesh 1
Kenya 1
Lebanon 1
Indonesia 1
Gibraltar 1
Jamaica 1
Libya 1
New Zealand 1
Cape Verde 1
Iran, Islamic Republic Of 1
Chile 1
Pakistan 1
Slovakia 1
Gambia 1
Somalia 1
Total 1988
Private company 303
European institution 162
R&D institution 183
University 284
Authority/Government 397
NGO 170
Consulting 82
International organisation 86
Other 311
Total 1978