The 2015 World Ocean Assessment (WOA) provides a report on the state of the planet’s oceans. The report indicates the oceans’ ability to sustain human activities and their impacts are near or at its limit and urgent action on a global scale is needed to protect what remains. This UN-sanctioned report involved more than 600 scientists and its findings are based on a review of hundreds of national and regional assessments. The assessment is intended to provide a baseline and a scientific basis for action by governments, intergovernmental processes, policy-makers and others involved in ocean affairs.
The IOC supported the WOA by coordinating the scientific networks, data, and expertise needed to support this UN-wide process. The World Ocean Assessment is the product of the first cycle of the Regular Process for global reporting and assessment of the state of the marine environment, including socio-economic aspects, which was established after the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development. The Regular Process was set up to review the environmental, economic and social aspects of the world’s oceans.