Inclusion and diversity are a priority in GEO Blue Planet
The GEO Blue Planet community works hard to be inclusive and ensure diversity in all its activities, from selecting participants in its steering committee and working groups to choosing speakers at events. Initially coordinated by a single US Office, today the GEO Blue Planet Secretariat functions as distributed centre, with offices in the US, Europe and Asia. The GEO Blue Planet steering committee has co-chairs from Africa, Central America and Europe, and members from every continent.
Inclusion and diversity in actions and decisions is crucial for finding effective solutions to better protect our ocean and use its resources in a sustainable manner. Empowering all citizens on our planet with information on the ocean and coastal waters and giving them a voice is key, regardless of their gender, ethnicity, national origin, culture, religion, disability, sexual orientation, age, experience. By harnessing the power of diversity in activities, only then can we understand the specific information needs of different stakeholders and provide meaningful ocean and coastal data, information and downstream services. For more information about diversity and inclusion in GEO, see the GEO Statement on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.
GEO Blue Planet support for Early Career Ocean Professionals
GEO Blue Planet is also a proud partner of Early Career Ocean Professional (ECOP) Network Decade Programme and works hard to ensure the participation of ECOPs in all our activities and events, to bring on board the next generation of leaders, scientists and stakeholders and ensure their voice is considered in current actions.
GEO Blue Planet co-coordinates the Ocean Bridges Task Force (Bridging (Ocean) Research, Innovation and Diversity across Generations of Experts and Stakeholders), an ECOP Decade programme.
Every year, the GEO Blue Planet U.S Office recruits a PhD student, supported by the NOAA National Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship, to help coordinate and provide scientific support for activities, as well as organise and speak at events.