Opportunity to Review the Draft World Ocean Assessment (WOA)

Opportunity to Review the Draft World Ocean Assessment (WOA)

Aug 13, 2014
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The Department of State invites experts in relevant fields of expertise to participate in the U.S. Government review of the draft World Ocean Assessment (WOA).  The WOA is the product of a UN process for global reporting and assessment of the state of the marine environment, including socioeconomic aspects.

The WOA includes more than fifty subjects grouped within four main themes:

  • marine environment and understanding of the ocean's role in the global integrated Earth system;
  • food security and food safety;
  • human activities that influence the ocean or are influenced by the ocean; and
  • marine biological diversity.

Experts may register to review the draft WOA at http://review.globalchange.gov.

Registered experts will have access to the draft WOA on 2 September 2014 and will have until midnight 30 September 2014 to submit their review comments using the Web-based review and comment system.

Additional information on the WOA and the review process is provided in the Federal Register Notice and at http://www.worldoceanassessment.org/.

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