Eurocean's Youth

Surfrider Foundation Europe mobilizes the Youth on the future of the European maritime world

Eurocean’s Youth: the first network that connects young Europeans to the maritime world

Join Eurocean's Youth network to advance a sustainable future to the maritime world

The concept of Eurocean's Youth is to link young Europeans to the maritime world within a unique network. Developed by Surfrider Foundation Europe in partnership with the French Ministry of the Sea, this network will eventually bring together 120 young people from 20 to 27 years-old, coming from each country of the European Union (EU). They will be trained alongside professionals and experts on two main topics: sea-related jobs and shipping. Aiming at exploring the multiple aspects of the maritime world in Europe, Eurocean's Youth will focus on four different zones : the Baltic Sea, the North Sea, the Mediterranean Sea and finally, the Atlantic Ocean.

The Eurocean's Youth network will promote the youth's vision of the European maritime world during high-ranking international events throughout the year 2022, such as the One Ocean Summit (early 2022), the World Ocean Day (8 June), the European Maritime Day (May 20, 2022), and during the 2022 United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 (27 June – 1 July 2022).

Eurocean's Youth will welcome experts with a scientific background in engineering, marine biology and oceanography, as well as experts in law, philosophy and political science. 

A week to envision a new Ocean

Surfrider Foundation Europe has organized an immersive week in the city of La Rochelle (France), which will take place in February 2022. First major event of the Eurocean's Youth network, this week will represent the occasion to bring together Eurocean’s Youth ambassadors and professionals. The program especially includes cultural exchanges, water sports activities, as well as meetings, and various debates.  
Through their collaboration during the immersive week in La Rochelle, the young ambassadors and the professionals will collectively build an innovative vision of the European maritime sector. As emerging leaders of a new sustainable maritime world, the Eurocean’s Youth ambassadors will share their experience in La Rochelle, thus encouraging other young citizens and key stakeholders of the maritime sector to follow their path. By showcasing the connexion between the European youth and maritime-related jobs, the Eurocean’s Youth network aims to embody the EU values of inclusion and sharing. 

Agenda of Eurocean's Youth ambassadors:

- "Onboarding session"  introduction webinar on November 18, 2021

Webinars in December 2021 and January 2022

-Workshops once a month, on the two main thematics (maritime transport and sea-related jobs)

- Immersive Week in La Rochelle (France) from the 7th to the 13th of February 2022

- Participation to several European and international high-ranking events

Some prestigious French and international partners

Surfrider Foundation Europe has beneficiated from the support of various partners to develop the Eurocean's Youth network. French institutions such as the Ministry of the Sea, the city of La Rochelle and the region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine have been involved in the project. Moreover, Eurocean's Youth is part of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Sciences for Sustainable Development (2020 – 2030), which aims at mobilizing the entire Ocean community at the global level. 
Finally, the Eurocean’s Youth network also partnered with the Forum Youth4Ocean. Initiated by the European Commission's Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, the Youth4Ocean Forum gathers young European players of the Ocean around key issues, including climate change, marine pollution, and food security. 

The “Onboarding session” Webinar

The Eurocean’s Youth ambassadors had the opportunity to discover the whole network during the “Onboarding session” webinar, which was held on Thursday, November 18 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. The webinar hosted various key players of the European maritime world, such as the French Ministry of the Sea or members of the European Parliamentary Intergroup on Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas (SEARICA), as well as the Ocean & Climate Platform.  

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