Mapping TIDES – Transformative Initiatives Driving Equity in our Seas

Our oceans and seas provide food security and livelihoods for millions of people worldwide, and shape cultures and people’s identities. However, they also face unprecedented sustainability challenges stemming from human activities and climate change. These pressures are exacerbated by different forms of inequality, including those related to the access of resources and opportunities, gender, economic and political. Funded by the European Research Council and coordinated by Prof. Sebastián Villasante at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain, the project EQUALSEA ‘Transformative adaptation towards ocean equity’ investigates how we can foster transformative changes towards sustainable and equitable oceans and coasts.

As part of the EQUALSEA project, we are mapping TIDES – Transformative Initiatives Driving Equity in our Seas – around the world. We are looking for initiatives that motivate individuals, communities or societies that promote sustainable and equitable community engagement in the small-scale and industrial fisheries and aquaculture sectors – for the people who depend on them now and for the generations to come. These initiatives can be projects, associations, networks, marine protected areas, or any other type of initiative, promoted by the public or private sectors.  Selected initiatives will be part of the TIDES platform: an open, dynamic, and collaborative platform (https://equalsea.eu/tides) that compiles, disseminates and supports initiatives. The platform also facilitates connection and interaction among the people involved in such initiatives. We will also publish a catalogue with some selected initiatives.

Do you know an initiative that contributes to a sustainable and equitable ocean? You can engage and increase the visibility of your initiative by submitting it to be included on the TIDES platform. We encourage you to do so by answering this short survey, which takes about 15 minutes to complete.

Together, we can make the difference for a more sustainable and equal sea!

Thank you for your contribution!

                                                Prof. Sebastian Villasante (EQUALSEA Coordinator) & Katina Roumbedakis (EQUALSEA Research Associate).

* Participation in this survey is voluntary. All information received will be treated in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (EU regulation 2016/679) and the Spanish law (Royal Decree-law 5/2018). Access to all the personal data will be restricted to the research team. None of the personal data that you provide will be used for any commercial purposes.  Respondents are entitled at any moment to access and/or rectify their personal data, as well as to delete their data. The data will be stored for one year after the end of the project (May 2027). If you have questions or comments, please contact us at tides@equalsea.eu. We would be happy to provide you with any further information you may need. If you provide your email address, we will also share the project’s findings and outputs. This survey has been approved by the Bioethics Committee of the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain, USC19/2022). The person responsible for data custody, to whom you can refer, if necessary, will be José Julio Fernández Rodríguez (University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain; E-mail address: dpd@usc.es).

Find out more about EQUALSEA at our website equalsea.eu.

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