IOC-UNESCO and ISA have joined forces to achieve shared objectives, such as improving mapping of the seabed and enhancing ocean observing networks. By building inclusive, innovative and transformative partnerships, IOC-UNESCO and ISA are meeting their strategic objectives and those of the UN Decade – to universally foster action to advance ocean science for the benefit of all mankind as a whole. Over the last decade, ISA has issued 29 contracts for exploration of the international deep seabed area, involving 22 different countries, covering 0.7% of the world’s seabed. The research undertaken as part of these contracts is the main source of data and knowledge helping us to better understand the deep seabed ecosystems and functions.
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