Future Earth Coasts


Future Earth Coasts is a platform for translating sustainability knowledge into action, providing access to a growing network of coastal researchers, and their connections with a diversity of coastal champions and advocates worldwide. 

The purpose of Future Earth Coast is to enable the transition towards respectful custodianship of our coasts, in particular to

  • Connect researchers, practitioners, Indigenous Peoples, activists, businesses, youth, and decision-makers. 
  • Build and bridge scientific, local, and indigenous knowledges.  
  • Advocate for equitable and sustainable development. 
  • Translate sustainability values and knowledge into action.
  • Enable community resilience and adaptive capacity.

Through Our Coastal Futures, Future Earth Coasts provides an independent forum for regional coastal stakeholders to transform the way they engage with their coasts to meet the Sustainable Development Goals. Future Earth Coasts is a core project of Future Earth, connected to a number of United Nations agencies, intergovernmental bodies, and organisations such as the International Council for Science.

UN Decade of the Oceans & Coasts 2021 – 2030

Actions Towards

Our Coastal Futures 2021 is an endorsed event by the UN Decade of Ocean Sciences.

On 5 December 2017, the United Nations proclaimed a Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, to be held from 2021 to 2030. The Decade will provide a common framework to ensure that ocean science can fully support countries’ actions to sustainably manage the Oceans and more particularly to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The main principle is that the Decade will address both deep disciplinary understanding of ocean processes and solution-oriented research to generate new knowledge. This knowledge will support societal actors in reducing pressures on the ocean, preserving and restoring ocean ecosystems and safeguarding ocean-related prosperity for generations to come. The Decade should turn the scientific knowledge and understanding into effective actions supporting improved ocean management, stewardship and sustainable development.

The Roadmap identifies six societal outcomes:

Read the full vision of the UN Decade here.

You can link your proposed contribution to one of the six societal goals of the UN Decade:

Whereby sources of pollution are identified, quantified and reduced and pollutants removed

Whereby marine ecosystems are mapped and protected, multiple impacts, including climate change, are measured and reduced, and provision of ocean and coastal ecosystem services is maintained

Whereby society has the capacity to understand current and future ocean conditions, forecast their change and impact on human wellbeing and livelihoods

Whereby human communities are protected from ocean hazards and where the safety of operations at sea and on the coast is ensured

Ensuring the provision of food supply and alternative livelihoods

Whereby all nations, stakeholders and citizens have access to data and information, technologies and have the capacities to inform their decisions

Read about the people on the Scientific Steering Committee and Organising Team here.

Contact Us

Conference Secretariat

Kate Murphy and Jenny Lawler
YRD Event Management
P. +61 7 3368 2422 E: [email protected]

Venue & Accommodation. You find more information here.