Oceans for the Wellbeing of People and the Planet

Our Oceans are central to the wellbeing of all people and our planet. The Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021 to 2030) enables us to celebrate, nurture and value our oceans, and contribute to improving our oceans health and thereby the wellbeing of people and the planet.

What is the Decade of Ocean Science?

The Decade provides a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to strengthen the management of our oceans and coasts for the benefit of humanity. The Decade is designed to facilitate global communication and mutual learning across research and stakeholder communities and will support new, collaborative partnerships that can deliver more effective science-based management for our ocean space and resources.

The Decade enables New Zealanders to learn more about why our ocean's health is declining and how they can be a part of the solution.

Aotearoa New Zealand's approach to the Decade

Our approach to the Decade is unique as it draws from the knowledges, practices, values and world views of the indigenous peoples of New Zealand and the Pacific.

Weaving knowledge systems together is common in New Zealand and has generated a distinctive approach to how we undertake science and research and how we collaborate with one another.

The National Commission has established a National Committee to lead New Zealand’s approach to the Decade. The committee includes experts from a range of ocean-related areas.

The National Decade Committee
Te tini a tangaroa


Te Tini a Tangaroa – New Zealand's Ocean Decade website

Discover how Aotearoa New Zealand ocean science is addressing the significant challenges our oceans are facing during the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

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