In response to this situation, the Government of Canada is acting now. We protected nearly 14 per cent of our marine and coastal areas and implemented the Oceans Protection Plan – the largest investment in Canadian history to protect our waters and coasts.
Today, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honorable Jonathan Wilkinson, announced an investment of $ 2.7 million over the next four years to further protect our oceans through the work of the Government of Canada. Action Group of the Commonwealth Blue Charter on Ocean Observations. The group The Action Plan will advance ocean observation through innovation and development, and encourage the sharing of information to make data, knowledge and best practices more accessible, including to small island developing States. Increased access to information will ensure that decisions, products and services are based on ocean science. In addition, the Action Group will also develop strategies to strengthen ocean awareness and inclusion, including gender equality, and to give young scientists the opportunity to participate more fully in educational activities. exchanges and joint projects related to the oceans.
Canada remains committed to advancing ocean science globally. Its investment in the Blue Charter will foster greater collaboration among Commonwealth partners and support its work as a member of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), including activities under the United Nations Science Decade. oceanic services for sustainable development. It will also increase opportunities for women and youth in all disciplines, including science. To promote equality in the ocean sciences, Canada hosted, on June 27, 2019, at the 30the session of the IOC Assembly to Paris, an event entitled "Empowering Women in the United Nations Decade", and funded the work of a Canadian ocean scientist at the Commission. Canada also offered to support the United Nations Decade through a project office, designed to serve as a focal point for planning, promoting and coordinating the activities of the United Nations Decade.
"Our government is committed to making our waters cleaner, safer and healthier for present and future generations. This investment will enable innovation to continue while working closely with our Commonwealth partners to share our ocean knowledge and make it accessible. While focusing on improving oceanographic data, we are committed to making gender equality and youth representation in ocean science a priority. We continue to work with our Commonwealth partners and scientists from all walks of life to deepen our understanding of the oceans and how to protect them. "
The Honorable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
- In May 2019, the Blue Charter on Ocean Observations Task Force held its inaugural meeting at Ottawa (Ontario). Members defined priorities and developed the Group's mandate and action plan. The group Action Plan will hold annual meetings to review the progress of its action plan.
- In November 2018, the Government of Canada provided up to $ 9.5 million in additional funding to advance the activities of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Sciences. This funding is in addition to Canada's commitments under the Blue Charter. The Blue Charter is also in line with the United Nations Sustainable Water Goal 14 "Aquatic Life".
- In September 2018, the Government of Canada announced an investment of up to $ 5.6 million to support the commissioning of the Argo Ocean Array Network. Free-floating floats monitor international waters and measure changes in ocean temperature and salinity. The observational data collected will help developing countries to identify and reduce risks to their coastal communities.
- In April 2018, the Prime Minister announced Canada's commitment to become the champion of the Commonwealth Blue Charter for Ocean Observation, one of the nine charter action groups.
SOURCE Fisheries and Oceans Canada
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