About the DCC-CR

The Decade Collaborative Centre for Coastal Resilience (DCC-CR), based within the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Bologna, provides support to the Decade Coordination Unit, based within the Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO), by catalyzing and coordinating Decade Actions related to coastal resilience.

As part of the Ocean Decade, the DCC-CR will contribute primarily to Challenge 6: Increase community resilience to ocean hazards. It will do so through: supporting endorsed Decade Actions; catalyzing new Decade Actions; stakeholder engagement; communication, awareness raising & outreach; mobilization of resources; monitoring & evaluation.

The Challenge

Coastal regions encompass the land bordering the ocean, intertidal areas, and much of the continental shelf. They are dynamic, densely populated and highly productive in human, economic, and natural systems’ terms, yet are vulnerable to many factors including geohazards, pollution, climate change and sea level rise. Resilience can have many definitions, but broadly refers to capacity of the systems in question to recover following a disturbance, such as a tsunami. The international community of ocean resilience practitioners has worked for some years to raise awareness of, share lessons learned, and address the science challenges of the coastal resilience community.

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About the Ocean Decade

The United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030 was proclaimed by the 72nd Session of UN General Assembly in December, 2017. The Ocean Decade is being coordinated by the IOC-UNESCO in an effort to promote transformational, large-scale change and advance urgent action to move from the ‘ocean we have’ to the ‘ocean we want’. It includes a focus on Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Land-Locked Developing Countries (LLDCs).

The Ocean Decade will be implemented in accordance with the Implementation Plan and will be supported by contributions from Member States, specialized agencies, funds, programmes and bodies of the United Nations, as well as other intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations and relevant stakeholders. The Decade Action Framework is built on ten Ocean Decade Challenges and three objectives that will contribute to creating the 'ocean we want'. This includes a series of Decade Actions categorised as (i) “Decade Programmes”, long-term regional or global actions towards one or more challenges, (ii) “Decade Projects”, discrete and focused undertaking at regional, national or subnational scales, that typically contribute to a Decade Programme, (iii) “Decade Contributions”, financial or in-kind resources to support Decade Actions or coordination costs, and (iv) “Decade Activities”, on-off standalone initiatives that contribute to a Project or Programme.

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