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Russel Glacier Greenland

The Royal College of Art and UNESCO embark on a unique partnership using design and innovation to help deliver the sustainable future ocean we all want.

At a glance:

  • Connecting Ocean data gathering with stakeholder action.
  • Bringing co-design, stakeholder engagement and participatory design capacity to develop new innovations and encourage behaviour change.
  • Using data visualisation, data science, engineering and innovation design to design products, services, systems, interventions and policies for tackling ocean issues.


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One of the major issues for tackling future ocean and climate issues involve the co-design gap between Ocean data gathering and community actions. Our partnership involves involves providing expertise and capacity to bridge this gap. We also anticipate moving beyond human centredness towards ecosystem representation and strategically prioritising where and how design should act.

As a Decade Implementing Partner, the RCA will work on three UNESCO Ocean Decade Challenges:

  • Protect and restore ecosystems and biodiversity (Challenge 2)
  • Develop a sustainable and equitable ocean economy (Challenge 4)
  • Change humanity’s relationship with the ocean (Challenge 10)

The UNESCO partnership builds on the successful NEMO research project surveying objects in the Atlantic Ocean Between Greenland and Poole UK.

The RCA NEMO UNESCO partnership aims to develop a community of practice, initiate ocean co-design projects, gather online ocean co-design assets, deliver knowledge exchange at UNESCO events, build a global network of ocean co-design capability, set up an Ocean Co-design futures observatory and initiate high impact partnerships.

Our primary goal will be to provide and network co-design capacity connecting Ocean science with stakeholders and solutions to help deliver the ocean we all want.

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