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).