Ocean Decade

VLIZ joined ‘Ocean Decade’, a global and shared effort to transform our oceans into well-functioning systems. This UN initiative aims to reach this with ten challenges in a ten-year period (2021-2030) because our oceans hold the keys to a sustainable planet.  


‘Ocean Decade’ is not just for scientists, but for everyone. We can only achieve the ocean we want by working together, from all ages to all sectors, using science. Every Decade Action matters, local and international activities will be essential to achieve the Ocean Decade mission and vision. For more information: Ocean Decade Forum  


What VLIZ is doing for Ocean Decade 

VLIZ is engaged in many ‘Decade Actions’ (projects, activities, programmes and contributions). Some of these initiatives focus on capacity development, promoting FAIR data principles, ocean-climate and biodiversity nexus, eDNA, ocean hazards and ocean literacy.

Find all the Decade Actions here

Additionally, VLIZ has been assigned as the secretariat of the National Decade Committee (NDC) for Belgium and Flanders and has been endorsed as Decade Implementing Partner. VLIZ is also participating in the Foundations Dialogue via its philanthropy program The Sea As A Good Cause.


Secretariat of the National Decade Committee of Belgium and Flanders

VLIZ now acts as the secretariat of the National Decade Committee (NDC) for Belgium and Flanders. Together with the core-members of this committee, we will:

  1. Support national members to take decade actions
  2. Mobilise resources and contributions
  3. Engage with other NDC
  4. Communicate, reach out and raise awareness on vision and mission of the Ocean Decade

Stay updated on the ocean decade actions by Belgium partners at (inter)national level: National Decade Committee for Belgium (NDC-BE) | The Ocean Decade

Do you have any questions about the Belgian National Decade Committee? Contact oceandecade@vliz.be


Annual reports - National Decade Committee of Belgium

2023 (English version)

NDC Annual report 2023