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LAUNCH: Advancing Strategic Ocean Communication

Ocean ISU

A collaborative, research-led project to gather evidence and co-produce ocean-climate communications guidance

The Project

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new project, Advancing Strategic Ocean Communication, in partnership with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and IOC-UNESCO.

This project seeks to:

– Advance the practice of strategic communications;

– Make evidence and tools more accessible to all;

– Galvanise greater investment in ocean communications.

This project is a collaborative, research-led initiative to gather evidence and co-produce ocean-climate communications guidance. The project is centred around collaboration to advance the practice of strategic communications within the ocean community and we welcome your input to introduce new expertise, share capacity and professionalise ocean communications.

In case you missed it, you can watch a recording of our launch call here. The call explains how the project came about, the opportunity to raise the bar on the use of strategic communication to achieve impact and how you can get involved.

You can find a full slide deck with details of the project here.

How to get involved

1. Chapter Groups, JEDI Advisory Board and Interviews

If you are interested in joining one of the Chapter Groups, the JEDI Advisory Board or being interviewed as part of the project, please complete this form. The deadline for applications is 2nd February 2024.

2. Communications Symposium Satellite Event

If you are interested in attending the Communications Symposium Satellite Event in Barcelona on 8th and 9th April 2024 as part of the UN Ocean Decade Conference you can find out more on the save the date page on the Ocean ISU website where you can also register your interest.

3. Funding

We are still actively seeking additional funding to cover various aspects of the project including Global South participation bursaries for the UNOD symposium, train-the-trainers workshops with global partners, bespoke training tools/packages and additional translation of resources. For further information please contact

Through this project we aim to bring together a diverse and global network of ocean communicators. We strongly encourage expressions of interest from the Global South and underrepresented backgrounds. We are also keen to hear from communications professionals outside of the ocean sector.