October 22, 2019

New IUCN and REV Ocean strategic partnership to fill key ocean knowledge gaps

News Source: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Oslo, 22 October 2019 – REV Ocean and IUCN sign an agreement to focus on cooperation in developing marine expeditions, joint research projects, investigating ocean/climate change impacts and coordinating policy and communication material.

One of the main benefits of this cooperation will be to work toward the achievement of each organizations’ respective missions. Building on key elements of the core research programs will enhance the effectiveness of their individual goals and will specifically support concrete action through the development of expeditions onboard the REV Ocean research vessel on topics and in areas of mutual interest.

Nina Jensen, CEO of REV Ocean said: “This key partnership extends our global reach towards important ocean stakeholders and provides synchronicity with our sister programmes like the ocean data foundation. This collaboration will bolster the positive impact of our three main research areas; climate change, plastic pollution and un-sustainable fishing, and will be a major boost to our core mission of ensuring one healthy ocean.”

IUCN will contribute to position REV Ocean in relationship with other data providers, particularly IUCN members and build partnerships of mutual benefit. This includes support to data acquisition and management in the area of Coral Reefs, Mangroves, Marine Protected Areas, Marine Spatial Planning, High Seas Biodiversity and Governance, Marine Conservation Project Implementation, Plastic in the Ocean, Marine Invasive Species, Ocean Acidification, Ocean Deoxygenation and Oceans and Climate Change linkages.

Minna Epps, Director Global Marine and Polar Programme said: ”A key part of IUCN’s mission is to produce cutting edge marine science to inform decision-makers and policy makers and to drive transformative change in the governance processes at local, national and global scales.  The partnership with REV Ocean will be instrumental in the successful of filling key knowledge gaps with respect to the most pressing and poorly-understood challenges facing our oceans and poles.”

About IUCN
IUCN is a membership Union composed of both government and civil society organisations. It harnesses the experience, resources and reach of its more than 1,100 Member organisations and the input of more than 15,000 experts. IUCN is the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it.

About REV Ocean
REV Ocean is a not-for-profit company created with one overarching purpose and ambition: To make the ocean healthy again. Any profit generated from our projects will be reinvested into our work for a healthier ocean. This global initiative is established and funded by Norwegian businessman Kjell Inge Røkke.