Ocean literacy has been defined as the body of knowledge about the ocean that everyone should possess, including understanding the ocean’s influence on us and our influence on the ocean.
Ocean literacy is the backbone of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) and any efforts to promote a sustainable blue economy – which is why its promotion is also central to the work of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence on Sustainable Blue Economy (CoE SUBE). The seal of Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence was awarded to the Euro-Mediterranean University (EMUNI) by the European Commission for the period 2022-2025, with the support of the Erasmus+ programme.
CoE SUBE has enabled the translation of an international brochure on Mediterranean ocean literacy into the Slovenian language. This presents the first ever effort to offer accessible material on ocean literacy to the audience in Slovenia, in the country’s official language. The brochure was prepared in 2020 by the European Marine Science Educators Association (EMSEA), an international organization which promotes and delivers ocean literacy across society by working together with scientists, teachers, policymakers and the public. More specifically, the brochure was prepared by EMSEA’s Regional Working Group on the Mediterranean (EMSEA-Med WG), and took into account the diverse
societies and cultures of the Mediterranean countries, while conforming to the general and global ocean literacy principles.
The brochure contains seven essential principles and 43 fundamental concepts, all adapted to the specificities of the Mediterranean Sea. The principles and concepts serve as guidance to educators, teachers, scientists, non-governmental organizations, policymakers, the blue business sector, as well as the general public, to raise awareness and help to create a Mediterranean-Sea-literate society.
To visit the CoE SUBE website, go to: https://coe-sube.eu/