A series of seven virtual workshops for the Tropical Americas, were organized and conducted during the period of July – October 2021, at a technical and conceptual basis. An average of 150 participants for each of the workshops were registered. Simultaneous interpretation in English, French, and Spanish, was provided.
With the commencement of the Ocean Decade on 1 January 2021 and the subsequent endorsement of the first set of flagship Ocean Decade Actions there is growing awareness of the need to support these WTA Working Groups to collaborate, co-design and submit Regional Ocean Decade Actions for endorsement as part of the global collective effort of the Ocean Decade. Different levels of Ocean Decade Actions will be implemented in The Tropical Americas, including programmes, projects, activities and/or contributions.
The Regional Planning Group was called on 21 October, 2021, to review the workshops’ findings and agreed on the way forward to build the Tropical Americas Ocean Decade Actions proposals for submission considering the driven process to synthesize the results and develop proposals, including emerging elements and common or unique strategies for integrating individual topics into programmes / projects to be proposed for co-design.
The outcomes of the workshops will be considered as input for the planned Ocean Decade Tropical Americas Kick-off Conference (16-17 December 2021) and laid the foundation for the preparation of the next actions for the Tropical Americas under the framework of the UN Decade.