PROTECTING MARINE BIODIVERSITY IN INTERNATIONAL WATERS

The International Council of Environmental Law and the International Union for Conservation of Nature invite you to help in the challenge of enabling anyone to act on behalf of nature through stories backed up by data, in a world where data access is limited, especially for low income communities.

Find out below what you can do and how you can participate in Odyssey Momentum, November 13-15, 2020.

An invitation to get involved

During Odyssey Momentum, November 13-15, five selected teams will build new solutions to the challenge of ICEL and IUCN. The most important result is that these new solutions are valuable for you.
Therefore, ICEL and IUCN are inviting fishing industry, data and satellite experts, oil industry, conservational tourism experts, philanthropists, nature researchers, and many other stakeholders to work with the teams, be the first to test and give feedback to the solutions, and then help launch the best solutions after the event.

WHY WE'RE LOOKING FOR YOUR HELP

The High Seas feature biodiversity outside national boundaries. Despite all efforts, the High Seas are currently virtually unprotected and rapidly degrading. The largest ecosystem of our Earth needs better governance. For example, over 30% of the world’s oxygen is now at risk, as this comes from the phytoplankton in the High Seas.

Organizations working to conserve the High Seas cannot pool data, as all research is siloed. Stakeholders and issues differ per region. Rich countries, with the most economic incentive, monopolize research and data outcomes due to the high cost of doing research on the sea.

Sovereign Nature Impact

Implementation of the new UN treaty on the High Seas, to be concluded April 2020, offers a chance to pool data resources of over 10,000 organizations world-wide that are researching and protecting the High Seas. This could create a holistic data system, providing access to data and research for everyone, and provide a common ground for policies and regulations, enabling politicians to support proposals with a wider scientific consensus.

The Sargasso Sea is an area of the High-Seas. It is located within the North Atlantic subtropical gyre, surrounding the island of Bermuda. More on the specific context of the Sargasso Sea: http://www.sargassoseacommission.org

Impact

An open, inclusive, data commons enabling representatives of local communities and NGOs to impact policy and regulation leads to empowered communities, organizations and individuals protecting ocean biodiversity.

This IT ecosystem will break down the siloing of databases to provide the necessary resources to protect 70% of the ocean effectively. For the Sargasso Sea, the availability of a full data-spectrum and the integration of datasets, supporting all authorities and stakeholders, will allow to take effective conservation measures.

Such an ecosystem could also provide invaluable insights for Member States negotiating the UN High Seas Treaty, an international binding agreement.

WHAT WE ARE BUILDING

The challenge for the teams and everyone helping them:

“Build a decentralized sovereign nature-data exchange infrastructure for anyone and anything to contribute and use its data on the High Seas, creating data and information commons for everyone, preserving and strengthening the data sovereignty of scientists, traditional knowledge holders and organizations. Enabling nature’s data to speak for itself and therefore enabling everyone to act on behalf of nature. In this challenge, the Sargasso Sea will be the specific use-case.”

Find out what each team is building and which part of the problem they are tackling, and how you can contribute.

Selected teams

Team Deltas Planet Earth

CEVEN.protect

Ana-Plastic

MixPose

Next Big

Ecosystem

INTERNATIONAL UNION FOR THE CONSERVATION OF NATURE (IUCN)

IUCN INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL FOR ENVIRONMENTAL LAW (ICEL)

IUCN WORLD PROTECTED AREAS COMMISSION FOR MARINE PROTECTED AREAS

IUCN SPECIES SURVIVAL COMMISSION

IUCN WORLD COMMISSION ON ENVIRONMENTAL LAW

IUCN BBNJ TREATY DELEGATION

PEW CHARITABLE TRUSTS

SARGASSO SEA COMMISSION

SOUTH PACIFIC REGIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAM

FRIENDS OF OCEAN ACTION

TIMELINE


By applying for Momentum, you can take part in these activities:

PREPARING

September-October 2020

Getting ready phase

Connect and prepare with everyone ahead of Odyssey Momentum (online):

  • Touching Base Session on
    September 15th
  • Getting Ready event on October 29th
  • Challenge meetup

MOMENTUM

November 13-15, 2020

49 hours of online mass collaboration

Co-create new solutions to this challenge with five teams and hundreds of experts:

  • Share your story and experience
  • Ask questions and provide feedback
  • Choose your favorite solution and become part of the pilot project after Momentum

IGNITE

December-January 2020

Starting the pilot

The best solution is turned into a pilot project with everyone involved.

Be the first to test and help improve the solutions.

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THIS CHALLENGE CONTRIBUTES TO SOLVING:

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.