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While deep oceans can seem far from everyday life, the benefits they provide couldn’t be more significant. Depth makes up more than 90 percent of the ocean, stabilizes the Earth’s climate, supports major fisheries, and provides a critical habitat for wildlife.
The ocean needs to be protected from unsustainable human activity. The Deep Ocean Stewardship Initiative (DOSI), which includes fellows from the university’s School of Oceanography and Earth Sciences, is a global network of scientific, policy and legal advisors protecting the world’s deepest waters.
Southampton researchers will receive more than £3.5m (£3,570,000) over the next 10 years to provide expert advice on important topics such as conservation, fisheries, climate change and deep sea mining.
This long-term funding will allow deep-ocean experts to help define humanity’s relationship with the ocean for decades to come. They can support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for the oceans, advance access to deep-ocean science, and build international capacity to manage the deep ocean, our planet’s largest ecosystem.
Dr Maria Baker, Executive Director of DOSI and Senior Foundation Fellow in Oceanic and Earth Sciences at the University of Southampton, said: “We are delighted to continue our successful and supportive partnership with Arcadia who share our vision.
As a network of more than 2,500 experts from more than 100 countries, DOSI’s international relations mean that we are ideally placed to provide the knowledge needed for effective policies in both national and international waters.
“This work is particularly important now, as the next decade will be a critical time for the health of our ocean. DOSI has already impacted future ocean governance by hosting official side events for policy makers at meetings such as the 2022 United Nations Ocean Conference and the International Seabed Authority.”
“We are also proud to have spearheaded the launch of efforts like Challenger 150, a program that coordinates deep ocean science projects in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as a program for the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science and Sustainable Development.
“With this ongoing support from Arcadia, we can provide independent science to guide high-level negotiations on topics such as seabed mining, climate change, biodiversity and more. This funding also enables DOSI to support colleagues from under-resourced regions to participate in international events and working group activities.”
University of Southampton President and Vice President, Professor Mark E Smith, said: “I am very grateful for the Arcadia Fund’s partnership with DOSI, which represents a huge vote of confidence in all that has been achieved since the partnership began in 2017.
“This renewed and growing support will enable DOSI to be proudly led by the University of Southampton, and over the next decade, DOSI experts will expand their impact on the future of ocean management by sharing knowledge with stakeholders on the global stage.”
A multi-million pound grant to protect our oceans –
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