To build on the findings from the discussion paper and issues paper and to begin to conceptualise a draft roadmap, Back to Blue is convening a series of virtual stakeholder workshops in 2023. Each workshop will focus on a theme identified within the issues paper, and workshop discussions will inform the development of the draft roadmap.


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Workshop 1: Defining a science-based and purpose-driven approach to marine chemical pollution
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Back to Blue is calling on a broad group of stakeholders to co-design a roadmap for an inclusive and collaborative global approach to ocean pollution monitoring and data governance.

This workshop, which is the first of five, sought to ask some of the big questions that will define and inform our subsequent sessions:

  • Why is a co-ordinated and coherent approach to marine pollution monitoring and data governance needed?
  • Which topics related to marine pollution should be prioritised?
  • How should an understanding of the science behind marine pollution inform this process and roadmap?
  • What are the “known unknowns” when it comes to marine pollution?
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Workshop 2: Leverage existing pollution data sources and knowledge
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Workshop 3: Building a federated architecture of interoperable databases
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Workshop 4: Technology to increase the visibility of marine chemical pollution
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Workshop 5: Roadmap implementation and financing
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Scheduled for November 2023

The virtual hackathon is a six-week process that will draw on the outcomes of the five workshops to create a working draft of a roadmap to close the marine pollution data gap.

This exciting, outcomes-focused event will enable a global group of stakeholders to co-design the draft roadmap in a virtual environment. The digital collaboration will allow key stakeholders to edit, comment and discuss specific details of the working draft of the roadmap in real-time.


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