Multimillion pound grant to safeguard our oceans - University of Southampton

Continuing efforts by University of Southampton scientists and their colleagues to protect the ocean for future generations have received a funding boost from Arcadia – a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin.

This new grant will allow experts to continue highlighting the science needed for conservation at international negotiations, such as United Nations Ocean Conferences and meetings that design rules for future deep seabed management.

While the deep ocean can feel distant from everyday life, the benefits it provides could not be more important. Making up more than 90 percent of the ocean, the deep stabilises Earth’s climate, supports major fisheries, and provides critical habitat for wildlife.

The ocean needs protection from unsustainable human activity. The Deep-Ocean Stewardship Initiative (DOSI) which includes colleagues from the University’s School of Ocean and Earth Science is a global network of scientific, policy and legal advisers who safeguard the world’s deepest waters.

Southampton researchers will receive over £3.5 million (£3,570,000) over the next ten years to provide expert advice on important topics like conservation, fisheries, climate change and deep-sea mining.

This long-term funding will allow deep-ocean experts to help define humanity’s relationship with the ocean for decades to come. They can support the UN Sustainable Development Goals for the ocean, advance access to deep-ocean science, and build international capacity to manage the deep ocean, our planet’s largest ecosystem.

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Posted On: 22/09/2022

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