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
WHY WE'RE LOOKING FOR YOUR HELP
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.
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
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.
Team Deltas Planet Earth
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
By applying for Momentum, you can take part in these activities:
Getting ready phase
Connect and prepare with everyone ahead of Odyssey Momentum (online):
- Touching Base Session on
- Getting Ready event on October 29th
- Challenge meetup
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
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.