Understanding the ocean’s influence on you, and your influence on the ocean

This is an ocean’s community where you can share, rate, comment and explore anything and everything related to ocean literacy.

About the portal

Knowing and understanding the ocean’s influence on us, and our influence on the ocean is crucial to living and acting sustainably. This is the essence of ocean literacy. The Ocean Literacy Portal serves as a one-stop shop, providing resources and content available to all, with the goal of creating an ocean-literate society able to make informed and responsible decisions on ocean resources and ocean sustainability.
Here you will find the necessary Ocean Literacy resources to develop knowledge, skills, values and behaviours needed to create an ocean literate community. A collection of education and information resources, projects, tools, methods, reports, programs and materials regarding global ocean knowledge, useful to understand ocean processes, functions and issues.
The Ocean Literacy Portal is a universal sharing platform. By sharing the world’s ocean knowledge, we are committed to building a global ocean movement to protect the planet on which we live.

Ocean Literacy around the world

Disclaimer - The designations employed and the presentation of the material on this map do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Secretariat of the United Nations concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries.

The Ocean Literacy initiative

The focus of the Ocean Literacy for All initiative is to develop a global partnership to raise the awareness on the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of our ocean and its resources and build an improved public knowledge base across the world population regarding our global ocean. This portal has been developed to help you find the best resources the world has to offer on Ocean Literacy and to provide tools and approaches to transform ocean knowledge into action.

The Ocean Literacy for All. A Toolkit

The two-volume publication was produced by UNESCO’s Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe (Venice, Italy) and Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) as a result of joint work and contributions by members of the global partnership led by IOC.

The first volume presents the context of ocean literacy and describes its framework made of 7 essential principles, interviews with ocean literacy practitioners and the path for the development of successful ocean literacy in the context of the 2030 Agenda. The second volume presents 14 activities that could provide tested examples and support for the implementation of marine education initiatives, the toolkit offers examples that could be adapted for different geographical and cultural contexts.


The social hub of ocean action and literacy

Follow and be part of a community taking actions that help the ocean. Share your initiative and inspire others with your examples! Learn about the 7 Principles of Ocean Literacy, and the steps you can take in your life to help preserve our Oceans. Connect with the world's greatest scientific minds, and read articles to inspire you to take action in your daily life.